Due to popular demand, Barnes added the declassified CIA U-2 Project AQUATONE and the CIA A-12 Project OXCART to his MiGs Over Nevada book about his participation in recently declassified MiG exploitation projects at Area 51.
In 1955, the CIA developed a facility at Groom Lake, Nevada to secretly test fly the U-2 reconnaissance plane under the code name, AQUATONE. Four years later, the CIA returns to its Nevada facility to test fly the A-12 Mach 3 reconnaissance plane intended to replace the U-2 under the code name, OXCART. THE CIA continued to operate the facility for the exploitation of the first Soviet MiG aircraft, code named Projects DOUGHNUT, HAVE DRILL, and HAVE FERRY.
MiGs Over Nevada is an insider’s declassified participation in a small group of CIA personnel and contract specialists providing their technological tradecraft to support Area 51 customers such as the US Air Force, the US Navy, intelligence and corporate entities. What happened in this book inspired the founding of the Navy’s TOP GUN Fighter Weapons School, the USAF Weapons School, and the USAF’s RED FLAG training exercises that continue today.
CIA declassification in October 2013 released information making possible the release of MiGs Over Nevada by Area 51 veteran TD Barnes. MiGs Over Nevada describes Area 51 operations where a small group of CIA personnel and contract specialists served and supported customers such as the US Air Force, the US Navy, and numerous corporate entities seeking technological tradecraft existing only at Area 51. The book tells how living under a cloak of secrecy affected the family of one whose career path made him a member of this secret cadre for test flying spy planes, and exploiting enemy technology.
MiGs Over Nevada does more than document the exploitation of the MiG-17F Fresco C, MiG-21F Fishbed, and the MiG-23 Flogger. It carries the reader through the evolution of Area 51 that made it the venue for the CIA’s U-2 Project AQUATONE, A-12 Project OXCART, for exploiting Soviet MiG aircraft, and the nations black projects that followed and continue today.
It tells how these projects inspired decades of exploitation projects that morphed into MiG operations known as the Red Eagles and the Red Hats.
What happened in this book inspired the founding of the Navy’s TOP GUN Fighter Weapons School, the USAF Weapons School, and the USAF’s RED FLAG training exercises that continue today.