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Freedom Through Vigilance Volume V: History of US Air Force Security Service Airborne Reconnaissance, Part II

Larry Tart (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-8027-1 ©2012
Price: $34.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 778 pages
Category/Subject: HISTORY / General

“Freedom Through Vigilance”—Volume IV (Part I) and Volume V (Part II)—addresses the history of USAFSS airborne reconnaissance; see the abstract below for a more detailed description.

“Freedom Through Vigilance” is a five-volume (3,100 page) history of USAF Security Service ground and airborne operations. Volumes I through III document USAFSS ground units, and Volumes IV and V chronicle the history of USAFSS airborne reconnaissance. Volume IV covers the 6916th, 6988th and 6985th Security Squadrons plus the USAFSS “Navy” and airborne signals intelligence reconnaissance in World War II. Volume V addresses the history of the 6949th, 6954th, 6990th and 6994th Security Squadrons, the 25th and 169th Intelligence Squadrons, Compass Call and USAFSS Airborne Spanish Linguists—see full details at

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Customer Reviews

  Excellent history of USAFSS , 01/21/2013
Reviewer: Jim Van Epps
I have just finished the last two volumes of "Freedom Through Vigilance". I now am a proud owner of the complete set. The effort put into the creation of these books is "above and beyond" and will be invaluable as set of reference books for years to come. Through these books I have learned many things I didn't know about USAFSS when I was discharged some 50 years ago. Thank you!

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  Unique book on airborne recon! , 01/21/2013
Reviewer: Scott
The entire 5 volume series is an excellent compendium of ground based (Volumes I through III) and airborne reconnaissance (Volumes IV and V) by an expert who was there, not just someone who only reads about it. USAFSS is the U.S. Air Force Security Service; now it's the "Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency" (AFISRA), with a greatly expanded mission scope compared to the early days of the USAFSS, which consisted primarily of just a bunch of portable huts sitting on some mountain someplace classified. Personal communications with the author tell me the difficult and time consuming efforts required to obtain so many personal experiences of other people who were actually there and experienced history 'live' was really a labor of love, and that really comes out in the books. These 5 books are a "must read" for any one interested in the history of the Air Force's SIGINT (signals intelligence) gathering efforts from the 40s to the 80s and some history beyond that.

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