posted on Aug, 16 2013 @ 03:39 AM
I flipped through the first 158 pages. It is very similar to the document on the FAS website, but with more info obviously.
It is good to hear the creation story of Area 51 again as there are several versions out there. In this document, Area 51 was not part of the AEC's
NTS. Ike added Area 51 to the NTS, but handed it over to the U-2 project. Not explicitly states, but perhaps adding the area to the proving grounds
was to give it some cover.
I was tempted to skip the parts about the high altitude balloons, since that project was less than stellar from previous writings. However, it turns
out that a metal bar used in the high altitude balloons resonated with Soviet radar, acting like a passive repeater. The USAF didn't know the
frequency of the radar at the time. An interesting tidbit. Also states was some useful recon came out of the project.
One tidbit I didn't know is that the U-2 has/had a cover over the lens. This is to keep grime off the lens when taking off. They would drop the cover
when they dropped the pogos. Makes sense.
The U-2 history over the Suez seems odd if your mindset is present day. That is, they needed recon over Gaza and Egypt, as if we didn't have people
on the ground? Well I guess not. From reading some CIA history books, they concentrated on Europe. In fact, one of the reasons the CIA is so tied to
the north east Ivy League schools is they needed American's accustomed to vacationing in Europe, hence go to the schools where the rich people
attended. [In contrast, the FBI is full of ex-cops, so they are the blue collar G-men.]
Most interesting was the EG&G radar site at Indian Springs. They were trying to make the U-2 a bit more stealthy. That project was already known,
mostly because it didn't work. [The so-called dirty bird.] I don't recall if it was mentioned that the work was done at Indian Springs. Even in the
1950s, if you needed to get from Reno to Vegas, you drove by Indian Springs. I assume the traffic was a fraction of what there is today, but still
Indian Springs is really easy to observe.
Kelly Johnson got the brilliant idea of putting the plane on a boom rather than flying it, and thus perhaps the birth of static RCS.