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Hot Doc: U-2, Area 51, the CIA, and Lockheed

Welcome to fall semester at Georgia Southern! As a depository library, the library provides you with a wealth of government information to help with your research, help you become or remain an informed citizen, or satisfy your curiosity. We have a large federal government and the topics covered by government documents may surprise you.  You may find the recently released report of interest.

The Secret History of the U-2

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  • Less Redacted CIA History Released Under FOIA
  • National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 434

Posted – August 15, 2013
Edited by Jeffrey T. Richelson
The National Security Archive at Georgetown Univ. submitted a FOIA request related to the U-2.  Titled “The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: The U-2 and OXCART Programs, 1954-1974″  – per the Archive  “it was published in classified channels in 1992.  Subsequently, a heavily redacted version of the U-2 portion was published in 1998 by the agency’s Center for the Study of Intelligence as a book, The CIA and the U-2 Program, 1954-1974″.

Yesterday, the Archive released the report – at: – almost 400 pages.

In the summary, the Archive noted that the CIA wrote a check for $ 1.25 million (from “unvouchered” funds) to Lockheed for the U-2, because the company was short on cash, and needed the money “to keep the work going”. The check was mailed to a Lockheed engineer’s house.

And, for the first time, we can see a map of Area 51.  From the summary, you can see “p.58” written in the upper right corner. If you click on “p58”, you see commentary – noting that indeed, that is the infamous map page. To see it in pdf, click on Chapter 2 – it’s p. 20 of the pdf.  It takes awhile to load.

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