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Published on Oct 5, 2011
Through the generosity and support of local industry leaders, Tronox and Timet, Inc., the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering and the UNLV History Department have collaborated to bring to the campus and community, the second lecture in our Dean's Conversation Series on Tuesday,October 4, 2011 at 7:30pm titled, Archangel: the CIA's Supersonic A-12 Reconnaissance Aircraft. The program features CIA Chief Historian, Dr. David Robarge and a panel discussion with veterans of the A-12 program, pilot, Frank Murray, Special Projects engineer/technician, TD Barnes and Roger Andersen who served as the CIA/USAF support pilot and operations officer.
Many do not know that Nevada has a rich heritage of engineering and innovation. It's unique accomplishments include the pioneering of space travel during which Nevada produced more astronauts than any other state, development of nuclear power for space exploration and as a deterrent to aggression by our enemies, and the development and testing of the accoutrements of space, war, and defense that contributed to our nation's successes in its wars, the most significant being the winning of the Cold War. With the initial U-2 plane flight tests at Groom Lake, almost every flight established a new world altitude record for manned flight. The flights of the A-12 spy plane at Groom Lake established world altitude and speed records that still stand today.
The event took place in the auditorium of the new Science and Engineering Building on the campus of UNLV. Dr. Robarge gave a brief overview of CIA activities in Nevada during the Cold War and particularly will discuss the generalities of the A-12 program. The rest of the evening consisted of a conversation between the historical program participants and the audience. Only recently de-classified, many of these details and topics have rarely been discussed in open public forums.