Original Cold War SECRET Spy Balloon Photos USSR W Germany 1956 RARE For Sale


Original Cold War SECRET Spy Balloon Photos USSR W Germany 1956 RARE


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Original Cold War SECRET Spy Balloon Photos USSR W Germany 1956 RARE:
$85.00

Very cool set of photographs from the cold war.
These photos are of a US Air Force program called Project Genetrix. This program was classified SECRET but obviously security was pretty lax at Giebelstadt Airfield in West Germany, as I believe these pictures were taken by a member of the Air Force band. They ended up in his personal photo album until sold at sale last year.
The US launched about 500 of these huge mylar balloons with cameras hanging onto them from areas in NATO controlled Europe for this program. These balloons were supposed to float across Asia taking pictures of the USSR and China. Unfortunately most never made it, getting shot down or just crashing on their own.
The Soviets recycled some of the unused film they recovered from these balloons and used it to take photos of the dark side of the moon during their Lunik-3 mission.
There are 24 photographs total. Most of the photos are in pretty good condition, although all have bits of paper glued on the back from the photo album. A few of the photos have large chunks missing, which are the large white spots.
Photos are 4.5 inches by 3 inches.
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