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    DescriptionDuring the early years of the Cold War, the most effective way to gather strategic intelligence about the Soviet Union and its allies was manned overflight. Lockheed's U-2 was spectacularly successful in this role, however, much to the concern of US President Eisenhower, its shape meant that it could be tracked on Russian radars. Given the highly sensitive nature of such flights, the President insisted that every effort should be made to reduce to zero the U-2's radar cross section (RCS), thereby making the aircraft invisible. When this was proven to be impossible, the stage was set for a U-2 replacement. Following a competition between Lockheed and Convair, the former was declared the winner and the result was the A-12. Designed to incorporate 'stealth' features before the term was even coined, the A-12 has to date proven to be the fastest, highest flying jet aircraft ever built. This book will also cover a two-seat variation of the design built as an advanced interceptor - the YF-12.

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    Lockheed A-12
    The CIA's Blackbird and Other Variants
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Paul F. Crickmore, Illustrated by Adam Tooby
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 64
    Width: 185 mm
    Height: 251 mm
    Thickness: 8 mm
    Weight: 257 g
    ISBN 13: 9781472801135
    ISBN 10: 147280113X

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    B&T General Subject: 520
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027140
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
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    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    Abridged Dewey: 355
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    Ingram Theme: CULT/SEASIN
    B&T Approval Code: A44090000
    BISAC V2.8: TEC025000, HIS027070
    B&T Approval Code: A16370000, A35500800
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB, JWMV3
    DC22: 623
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027110
    DC23: 623.7467
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    LC classification: UG1242.R4 C69 2014
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    42 MONO; 15 COL
    Osprey Publishing
    Imprint name
    Osprey Publishing
    Publication date
    21 January 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Paul F. Crickmore is the author both of the first detailed book to be published on the SR-71 Blackbird, and of the standard reference work on the subject - the much-acclaimed Lockheed SR-71: The Secret Missions Exposed. He is an honorary member of several A-12 and SR-71 veterans' associations. Paul is also the author of the first detailed book about the F-117, written in partnership with his wife Alison and published in 1999.
    Review quote
    "True to the title, it focuses on the development of the A-12, M-21/D-21 and the YF-12 interceptor. As a model resource book, there are valuable references including color three views...Period photographs, some never before published, reveal internal components and construction details. If you are building an A-12, or considering converting an SR-71 to an A-12, this book would prove very helpful." --IPMS/USA
    Table of contents
    Introduction/ Design evolution and development/ Technical Specifications/ Operational History/ Conclusion - programme shut-down/ The YF-12 evolution, flight test and cancellation/The M-21 D-21 evolution, flight test and cancellation