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PICTURES FROM BAIKONUR

WILLIAM B. TRESCOTT

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ISBN 10: 1888748117 / ISBN 13: 9781888748116
Published by TRUCKING VIDEO BOOKS, 2002
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Title: PICTURES FROM BAIKONUR

Publisher: TRUCKING VIDEO BOOKS

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

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Before there were satellites and spyplanes, the United States sent giant ten engined flying battleships as big as jumbo jets to photograph and map every corner of the world—even Russia! Armed with 15 megaton hydrogen bombs, the most powerful weapons ever devised, RB-36 reconnaissance bombers kept the world at peace.

But, Russia was not content to live with this threat; they built an entirely new weapon, an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of destroying the world. Now, in Pictures from Baikonur, President Eisenhower must risk nuclear war in order to prevent an arms race.

Fifty years after the first H-bomb was exploded in 1952, Pictures from Baikonur brings to life the unsung heroes who kept the world at peace through the dawn of the atomic age.

Flying a ten engined flying battleship, the largest military aircraft ever built, test pilot Hank Johns and his 20 man crew are sent deep inside Russia to photograph Soviet missiles capable of destroying the world. Svetlana Periscova, Russia’s top female fighter pilot, must stop them from reporting what they have seen. Their only escape is through Communist China. Colonel Mike Peterson, Johns’ commander, deliberately sacrifices the ship to get the priceless films safely back to the Pentagon. President Eisenhower must decide weather to send Johns back with a cryogenic hydrogen bomb to destroy the missile site. Marshal Georgi Zhukov, The Soviet Union’s greatest war hero, must persuade the American Ambassador that the missiles are really just part of Russia’s space program before the world erupts in a nuclear holocaust.

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As a child, Bill Trescott owned more than three hundred model airplanes and even built his own wind tunnel to fly them. Only poor eyesight kept him from flying F-14’s. Disappointed, he rode his bicycle across the United States and crossed the Atlantic twice on a 20’ boat on one of the longest pilgrimages to the Holy Land ever.

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