Spyflights and Overflights

Title:                      Spyflights and Overflights

Author:                  Robert Hopkins

Hopkins, Robert (2016). Spyflights and Overflights: US Strategic Aerial Reconnaissance, 1945-1960. Manchester, UK [probably]: Hikoki Pubns,

OCLC:    919860051

UG763 .H67 2016


  • A better understanding
  • From post war to cold war
  • Aerial containment
  • Targets and tactics
  • Who’s in control?
  • Planes and policies
  • Rhetoric and stability
  • Reassessing Eisenhower


  • Cold War
  • Military surveillance
  • United States. Air Force — History
  • Aerial reconnaissance, American

Date Posted:      October 14, 2016

Reviewed in The Intelligencer[1]

Using newly-declassified materials, interviews with crews and policymakers, and his own experience flying strategic reconnaissance missions, Hopkins links the daily operations of courageous fliers with decisions by presidents and prime ministers that decided the outcome of the Cold War.

[1] The Intelligencer: Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies (22, 2, Spring 2016, p. 138). Hayden Peake is the Curator of the CIA’s Historical Intelligence Collection. He has served in the Directorate of Science and Technology and the Directorate of Operations. Most of these reviews appeared in recent unclassified editions of CIA’s Studies in Intelligence, Other reviews and articles may be found online at http://www.cia.gov

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