Chemical Warfare by Curt S. Wachtel

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One SR-71 gets airborne and two land back, minutes apart, two-and-a-halfhours later. By March 1984, Tom Alison, now a lieutenant colonel, was the commander at Det 1, and on the morning of 27 March 1984, Majs 'Stormy' Boudreaux and Ted Ross got airborne from Kadena in '964' and headed north-east towards Vladivostok. Lt Col Les Dyer and Maj Dan 64 As early as 1960, the MikoyanGurevich Opytno-Konstruktorskoye Byuro (OKB design bureau) began developing a multi-role supersonic interceptor with, it was planned, the capability of defeating a new generation of high performance aerial threats then under development in the United States.

Photo interpreters noted that a similar situation had prevailed at Phuc Yen during Linebacker II, when the MiGs had been removed from the base's apron areas and hidden in cave storage facilities. However, after the bombing halt and the signing of the peace accords, the MiGs were once again parked on the alert aprons. Intelligence specialists therefore concluded that the absence of fighters at Phuc Yen on the 19 April was consistent with an increase in their alerted air defence posture. Clearing skies enabled a conventional camera configuration to be carried on the second monitoring sortie.

However, various options were contemplated, including leaflet dropping, although it is still not apparent what such an activity would have achieved. Subsequently, on 26 June 1980, a Feasibiliry srudy and cost estimate schedule was requested From Lockheed ADP to provide an SR-71 with such a leaflet capability. This was provided by Lockheed on 9 July, wherein it was envisaged that the system would be designed For internal installation in the existing TROC camera bay. Capable of dispensing 10,000 leaflets, the system was activated by air-charged initiators and powered by 1000-lb Force actuators.

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