RAF U2 Pilots during the Cold War

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  1. Nearly forty years on, the Government is still refusing to admit the RAF's involvement with the revolutionary long-winged spy plane which, before the age of satellites, was used to photograph Soviet missile sites by daringly flying right across the country. Ministry of Defence files on the controversial CIA operations are being withheld from the Public Records Office in Kew and, remarkably, the British refusal is preventing the publication of the CIA's own history of the controversial project. Asked about the RAF's involvement with the U2 saga late last week, the MoD would only say: "The MoD is not in a position to make any comment on the operation of U2 aircraft by the US Government." It is indeed generally believed that only Americans flew the CIA U2s, but in fact four RAF pilots - Squadron Leader Robert Robinson and Flight- Lieutenants Michael Bradley, David Dowling and John MacArthur - were attached to the CIA to fly the aircraft, and were awarded the Air Force Cross for doing so.
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  2. You may wish to read 'Spy Flights of the Cold War' by Paul Lashmar (Sutton Publishing; ISBN-10: 0750919701/ISBN-13: 978-0750919708).

    There was considerable cooperation between the US and RAF in the 50s and early 60s regarding intelligence gathering flights generally and overflights specifically.

    You may wish to check this site out.

  3. Nice site. Ta.