Von Hardesty with CIA Elevating Table

Von Hardesty with CIA Elevating Table
Zoom in on the image Zoom    Download this file Download

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.


Eric Long

ID #:



Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum


Smithsonian Institution

Terms of Use:

Smithsonian Terms of Use
For print or commercial use please see permissions information.