KH-4 (Corona) Reconnaissance Satellite Program, History. [photograph]


Collection Item Summary:

Group photograph of CORONA reconnaissance satellite program pioneers in front of the Central Intelligence Agency's Headquarters Building, May 24, 1995. From the Left; row 1: Roy B. Lefstad (Launch Base), James Alkofer (Eastman Kodak), Richard R. Moore (Program Office), Edward F. Blum (Program Office), Walter J. Levison (Itek), John A. Wolfe (Itek), Joseph P. O'Toole (Operations), Janet Tsutomi (Recovery Group). Row 2: (beginning with the second position) Forest S. McCartney (Operations), Mark Morton (General Electric), Edward A. Miller (General Electric), Rob Roy (Launch Base), Ingrad Clausen (General Electric), Francis J. (Frank) Madden (Itek), Richard S. Leghorn (Itek), William A. (Red) Sheppard (Program Office), Teuvo A. (Gus) Ahola (Recovery Group). Row 3: Charles L. Murphy (Operations), Frank S. Buzard (Program Office), Donald S. Schoessler (Eastman Kodak), Richard W. Stowe (Eastman Kodak), Vernard (Curly) Webb (Operations), Everett E. (Andy) Anderson (Recovery Group), Arthur H. Grafe (Recovery Group), Hilliard W. Paige (General Electric). Row 4: Paul E. Worthman (Program Office), James W. Plummer (Lockheed), Fred O'Green (Lockheed), John Parangosky (Program Staff), Albert W. (Bill) Johnson (Program Office), Daniel M. Kelly (program Office), James H. McDonald (Program Staff), Harry L. Conway (Recovery Group), Ralph J. Ford (Program Office). Also in the photograph on the extreme left and right of the second and first rows are the cochairs of the Corona Program 35th anniversary commemoration, Phil Datema and Robert A. McDonald. Poster made for a 1995 National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) conference or press event commemorating the thirty-fifth anniversary of the first successful CORONA mission.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Cold War, 1945-1989
  • Reconnaissance
  • Space surveillance
  • Aerial photography
  • Aeronautics

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National Air and Space Museum Archives

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