Mission Critical - Hardcover
The action begins in 1949. The U.S. is in desperate need of intel on the Soviet Buildup of military power. Getting eyes on the Russian ground, sea, air and nuclear arsenal is mission critical to our nation's strategic defenses prompting the CIA and the White House to embark on a fast track to put eyes in the sky. Montana cowboy and decorated WWII bomber pilot, Carl Bridger, joins Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, a Lockheed aviation legend, to create the world's highest flying and fastest reconnaissance platforms ever designed, giving birth to the U-2, A-12, and SR-71 spy planes. As both a CIA agent and Air Force Reserve pilot, Carl's mission is two-fold: to engage in top-secret spy craft and be among the first to fly photo reconnaissance missions from 80,000 feet at Mach 3!