Critic Makers : The Ironworks Incident
Critic Makers: The Ironworks Incident is a story about the secretive world of communications intelligence during the Cold War. General Curtis LeMay, the aggressive commander of Strategic Air Command was determined to gain the untimate advantage in case it turned hot and he pushed the use of ferret flights to peer through the iron curtain to gain an edge for his bomber air warriors. Most people know about the shoot down of Francis Gary Powers' U-2 back on May 1, 1960 but little is written about the fate of ferret flights that spied upon our enemy back then. The flights of RB-47s operating out of Japan to check for chinks in the iron curtain were named "Ironworks." Several of these ferret flights were savagely attacked and shot down by the Soviets when the plane got too close. This is the story of one that was saved and more expressly, how it was saved during a time when the cloak of secrecy was drawn so tightly that it limited the ability for anyone to do so. The reader can experience what it was like to be a cold warrior playing the game that had so many restrictive rules that added danger to our brave airmen back then.
- Paperback | 366 pages
- 09 Apr 2003
- Imprint Books