Von Hardesty with CIA Elevating Table

Von Hardesty with CIA Elevating Table
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Von Hardesty is pictured with elevating table that was used, along with light table and optics, by CIA analysts to review U-2 photographs taken over Cuba in October of 1962.  The photos were the first to confirm medium-range ballistic missile launch sites under construction in Cuba, and kicked off the most tense 13 days of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Photographer:

Eric Long

ID #:

2011-02824v

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Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

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Smithsonian Institution

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