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four aircraft and pilots, was
publicly as the I st Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, Provisional (WRSP-1
gave the U-2
security because provisional Air Force units did not have
report to higher headquarters.
known within the Agency as Detachment A, began deploying to the United Kingdom on 29 April 1956.
including four aircraft. had arrived at Lakenheath. Shortly
May, the National Advisory
released an unclassified
story stating that a Lockheed-developed aircraft would be flown by the USAF
Weather Service to study such high-altitude phenom
stream, convective clouds, temperature and wind structures at jet-stream levels, and cosmic-ray effects up to
feet.J Before overflights could begin from Lakenheath, however, several incidents occurred that dampened Prime Minister Eden s interest
having the U-2s on British territory.
mid-April 1956. a Soviet naval squadron brought Soviet leaders Nikita Khrushchev and Nikolai Bulganin on an official visit to the United Kingdom. Although the ships were
Portsmouth Harbor, a British counterintelligence
expert, retired Royal Navy
Lionel Crabb, apparently undertook a mission to
ine the hulls
these vessels but vanished in the process.
headless body was later found washed
on a beach.
so-called Frogman Incident caused an uproar
from Moscow that
relations between the United Kingdom and the