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Reconnaissance Aircraft Exhibit

Pictures, except the photo of "Francis Gary Powers, U-2", are courtesy of Fred Straub, Former USAF Security Service Korean Linguist/Airborne Intelligence Analyst.

RC130B aircraft used in the 60's and early 70's for collection of Communications Intelligence (COMINT)

RC-130A Intelligence aircraft being shot down by Soviets in 1958. Picture taken from the nose camera of the Soviet Mig 17 which shot down the aircraft over Soviet Armenia. All 17 crew members were killed.

RB-29 Used for photo recon and “ferret” missions in the 50's.

CT-29A used in the late 60's and early 70's in support of the U.S. 8th Army for Airborne Direction Finding (ARDF) missions and intelligence gathering.

EC-121T Intelligence and Airborne Early Warning (AEWA) aircraft shown on the flightline at Kwangju AB, Korea circa 1971.

EC-121 Warning Star T Model. Used in late 60's and early 70's for Airborne Early Warning and intelligence gathering.

Soviet MIG 17 intercepting USAF RC-135 off the coast of Soviet Far East circa, 1972

RB-47 Used for photo recon and "ferret" missions in the late 50's and 60's. Replaced the mission of the RB-29's and the RB-50's.

RB-50 Reconnaisance Bomber. Used in the late 50's and early 60's for photo aerial reconnaisance and "ferret" missions against Soviet block targets.

RC-130 At the Cryptologic Museum in Ft. Meade, Maryland.

RC-135C Intelligence aircraft used for worldwide signals intelligence (SIGINT) gathering missions circa 1972.

RC-47 used in the late 50's and early 60's for intelligence gathering and airborne early warning.

RC-47 used in the early and mid 50's for intelligence gathering and airborne early warning.

SR-71 on the flightline at Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan circa 1972.

Francis Gary Powers

Francis Gary Powers U-2

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