our private eyes, are watching you watching you watching you
By 1977, IIRC the first KH-11 was in orbit though it wasn’t up there very long.
Careful...if no one accepts this mission, the entire Forum will self-destruct in 5, 4, 3,....
Although some aspects of this program are being declassified, the basic details have been public knowledge for a long time. I always wondered how they could manage to time the plane flights precisely enough to catch film dropped from space.
Wow. Neat article. It takes me back to the days of chain driven Honneywell chart recorders... (when you could wiggle a wire or two, ‘tap’ on this or that, and get it working again...).
Chalkboards and slide rules did wonders.
I was on the source selection team.
I long for the days when secrets of national importance were actually kept secret...instead of reading about the leaking sieves in Washington putting our soldiers and country at risk.
I've met some of these guys. Some are no longer with us and never got a chance to talk about what they did for their country.
One of the treble hooks which the AF used to snag the parachute is on display in the lobby of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Using the parachute worked until the Navy found a Soviet sub waiting under the planned drop zone, in case the C-124 missed the snag. That’s when they realized the need to figure a way to download the images by encrypted communications.
Thanks for the post very interesting I would still like to see them declassify Echelon.
What they don’t tell you is that the Russians were doing this long before we were.
Ice Station Zebra
I was a college student studying math and physics when spuknik went up.