OXCART vs Blackbird: Do You Know the Difference?Featured Story Read More
Often confused with one another, CIA’s A-12 OXCART (above right) and the US Air Force’s SR-71 Blackbird (above left) are actually two different aircraft. CIA developed the OXCART as the U-2 spy plane’s successor, intended to meet the nation’s need for a fast, high-flying reconnaissance aircraft that could avoid Soviet air defenses. It became operational on November 12, 1965.
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Virginia Hall: The Courage and Daring of "The Limping Lady"Featured Story Read More
Virginia Hall is perhaps best known for her heroic service in the OSS during WWII, but she actually spent more time in the CIA. One of a handful of relatively senior women in the clandestine service, she worked in various elements of the CIA until her mandatory retirement in 1966 at the age of 60. And she did it all despite having a prosthetic leg.
The World Factbook Update for November 20, 2015Read More
Where applicable, all of the “Constitution” entries were recently updated throughout the Factbook.