National Reconnaissance Office
Find out about Corona, the nation's first photoreconnaissance satellite system, which operated from August 1960 to May 1972.
Federation of American Scientists—UAVs
See an annotated list of all the UAVs developed in the U.S. for reconnaissance and combat since the 1950s.
Wallops Flight Facility UAV Homepage
This NASA Web site maintains a detailed list of UAVs currently used and in development and provides a photo gallery of UAVs.
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)—Sandia National Laboratories
Discover what SAR is and how it is used and see a collection of SAR imagery and movies.
Browse a large archive of military surveillance photographs through history, from the Cuban missile crisis through recent images of North Korea's nuclear weapons facilities.
Smart Weapons: Top Secret History of Remote Controlled Airborne Weapons
by Hugh McDaid and David Oliver. New York: Welcome Rain Press, 2000.
McDaid, a filmmaker, and Oliver, a leading expert on military aviation, teamed up to produce this comprehensive book about unmanned aerial vehicles—the only such text available to the general public. McDaid and Oliver offer an extensive collection of color photographs and diagrams as well as detailed histories of all the major UAVs.
Trust But Verify: Imagery Analysis in the Cold War
by David T. Lindgren. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2000.
How did America assess the Soviet Union's military capabilities during the Cold War? Beginning with the U-2 in the 1950s and continuing with the series of increasingly sophisticated American surveillance systems, Lindgren gives a detailed account of the important role that imagery analysis played during this era.
Secrets, Lies, and Atomic Spies
NOVA looks back to the 1940s, when American spies passed their country's deepest scientific secrets to the Soviets.
The race to build the world's first supersonic passenger airliner leads to a massive Cold War espionage effort.
Faster Than Sound
Top test pilots describe the dangers, mysteries, and thrill of being the first to fly at supersonic speed.
Top Gun Over Moscow
Flights in Russia's powerful fighter jets are for sale to foreign travelers. So is the Russian Air Force still in the game?