What happened to the link for the base map. It will not come up when you click on the link.
Story from the Indian press with several mentions of Takhli as U-2 base and some history I'd never known of Indian cooperation in the U-2 program.
Here's a section of the article:
The use of Charbatia, an abandoned World War II base in Orissa, was agreed during a meeting between the then US President John F Kennedy and Indian President S Radhakrishnan on June 3, 1963, but Indian work to improve it took longer than expected. Therefore, the missions resumed from Thailand's Takhli, NSA said, based on the 400-page CIA report released by it.
According to the report, which details the spying programmes conducted with the planes from 1954 to 1974, the U-2 mission on 10 November 1963 was the longest yet flown by a U-2 at 11 hours 45 minutes, and the pilot was so exhausted that project managers limited future flights to 10 hours endurance.
In fact, the longest U-2 mission to date was the one flown from Takhli on September 29, 1963, it said.
The article mentions a newly declassified CIA history of the U-2 program. I'll try to find that online when I return from a trip next week or you can all do some sleuthing and see if you come up with it - the article cites the National Security Archive so that's a good place to start.
Fascinating part of Takhli history and I've never known of anyone associated with the U-2 program at Takhli to make mention of it here or elsewhere on Takhli websites. Maybe with this declassification some will feel free to do so. We saw the U-2s land and takeoff sometimes but they were in a world of their own once on the ground. Their own spooky CIA world.
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