Arctic Mission: 90 North Airship and Submarine by William F. Althoff

ISBN: 9781612510101

Published: November 15th 2011

Hardcover

264 pages


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Arctic Mission: 90 North  by  Airship and Submarine by William F. Althoff

Arctic Mission: 90 North by Airship and Submarine by William F. Althoff
November 15th 2011 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 264 pages | ISBN: 9781612510101 | 9.61 Mb

Artic Mission recounts two concurrent Navy Department penetrations of the Arctic, in 1958: one an unclassified project, the other absolutely secret. The Cold War posed alarm and threat- amid its urgencies, the International Geophysical Year ofMoreArtic Mission recounts two concurrent Navy Department penetrations of the Arctic, in 1958: one an unclassified project, the other absolutely secret. The Cold War posed alarm and threat- amid its urgencies, the International Geophysical Year of 1957-58 was underway.

Sputnik had opened the Space Age--for Americans, a national humiliation. The White House needed a success. Sailing under the direct orders of the Commander in Chief, the nuclear submarine Nautilus (SSN-571) would---if successful--reaffirm U.S.

technological prowess with a stupendous demonstration: an under-ice transit of the Arctic Basin via the North Pole.The airships unclassified mission was an Office of Naval Research project. Objective: to assess the suitability of non-rigid airships (blimps) for support of field parties deployed throughout the North, ashore and afloat.

That IGY August, BUNO 126719 crossed the Arctic Circle--the sole military airship ever to do so--en route to rendezvous with a U.S. Air Force ice-rafted camp (drifting station) in the Arctic Ocean. As 719 (delayed) pressed north, Nautilus pierced the geographic pole then without changing course logged the first-ever transit of the deep-ocean Arctic, Pacific to Atlantic.Based on interviews and correspondence with dozens of participants, and on Navy Department reports, the work presents first-hand material throughout--a distinct contribution to the naval literature.

Indeed, Arctic Mission may be the first in-depth (non-popular) account of the boats epic cruise to 90 N. Further, the ONR expedition across Arctic Canada to IGY BRAVO (ice island T-3) is a singular unknown--even to naval aviators.



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