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 Blue Moon over Cuba: Aerial Reconnaissance during the Cuban Missile Crisis - Osprey Publishing

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PostSubject: Blue Moon over Cuba: Aerial Reconnaissance during the Cuban Missile Crisis - Osprey Publishing    Sun Feb 19 2017, 14:47

The cold war build got me interested in the recon work during the cuban missile crisis.  I bought a 1/72 crusader on my last trip to HK  in March but learned the photo recon birds body  is a bit modified. Still the Crusader escorted the unarmed photo birds up to the beach and then loitered off shore  in case they got a call to go in to defend them.     Did a few chases of cuban migs and obtained a few missile locks but did not fire. This   book is based on the memoir of a recently-deceased CO of the U. S. Navy RF-8 squadron that flew the first, productive low-level missions over Cuba, and refined with material that only personal experience can bring by a former enlisted technician serving with that squadron at that time. The account provides several viewpoints into a highly readable and creditable story of just exactly how the Navy and Marine Corps aviators and ground crews contributed to the American response to the Soviets' highly provocative act of placing nuclear-armed missiles a scant 90 miles from the U. S. ...

Overall a pretty good book . 320 pages and hard cover.  I would have liked a bit more on the aircraft from the tech side and the missions.  Interesting tid bits about Curtis Lemay and how the airforce was unprepared to do photo recon.   They had to ask the navy for cameras and talked so much to the media no one knew it was really the navy doing the heavy  lifting on the recon that was used in the UN disclosure meeting.   The Navy men were told to keep their moths shut about what they were doing and they did. Lemay was doing a bit of  grandstanding to make to look like the air force had everything in hand. This book explains the critical events, along with the experiences of those who executed presidential commands in times of national crisis.  

Human intelligence was lacking during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the various intelligence agencies had to rely on their most reliable means to guide them - aerial photography. Photographs of the missile sites were effectively used to persuade doubtful allies, as well as adversaries, that the evidence was real, and they rallied worldwide support of the American strategies focused on the removal of the offensive weapons from Cuba. President Kennedy's Executive Committee of the National Security council opened each meeting with a briefing of the latest analysis of the previous day's photo missions. Aerial photography was soon recognized as essential to the outcome of the crisis.

If you score a victory but lose your wingman, you lost the battle.
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