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Dean’s Conversation Series: Archangel: the CIA’s Supersonic A-12 Reconnaissance Aircraft

Posted: September 30, 2011

LAS VEGAS—Through the generosity and support of local industry leaders, Tronox and Timet, Inc., the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering and the UNLV History Department have collaborated to bring to the campus and community, the second lecture in our Dean’s Conversation Series on Tuesday,October 4, 2011 at 7:30pm titled,  Archangel: the CIA’s Supersonic A-12 Reconnaissance Aircraft. The program features CIA Chief Historian, Dr. David Robarge and a panel discussion with veterans of the A-12 program, pilot, Frank Murray, Special Projects engineer/technician, TD Barnes and Roger Andersen who served as the CIA/USAF support pilot and operations officer. 
Many do not know that Nevada has a rich heritage of engineering and innovation. It’s unique accomplishments include the pioneering of space travel during which Nevada produced more astronauts than any other state, development of nuclear power for space exploration and as a deterrent to aggression by our enemies, and the development and testing of the accoutrements of space, war, and defense that contributed to our nation’s successes in its wars, the most significant being the winning of the Cold War. With the initial U-2 plane flight tests at Groom Lake, almost every flight established a new world altitude record for manned flight. The flights of the A-12 spy plane at Groom Lake established world altitude and speed records that still stand today. 
The event will take place in the auditorium of the new Science and Engineering Building on the campus of UNLV.  Dr. Robarge will give a brief overview of CIA activities in Nevada during the Cold War and particularly will discuss the generalities of the A-12 program. The rest of the evening will be a conversation between the historical program participants and the audience. Only recently de-classified, many of these details and topics have rarely been discussed in open public forums.
Following the program there will be a reception in the lobby that will include images and ephemera from the A-12 program. Panelists will be on hand for photographs and additional questions.
Who: Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, UNVL History Department, TRONOX, and Timet, Inc.
What: Dean’s Conversation Series- Archangel: the CIA’s Supersonic A-12 Reconnaissance Aircraft with guest speakers, CIA Chief Historian, Dr. David Robarge, veteran CIA pilot, Frank Murray, veteran CIA Special Projects engineer/technician, Thornton D. Barnes, and veteran CIA/USAF support pilot and operations officer, Roger Andersen.
Where: UNLV Science & Engineering Building Auditorium. Parking is available in the North Parking Garage located off of Maryland Parkway and Cottage Grove.
When: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 7:30pm
About the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame (NVAHOF) 
Co-founded by Thornton D. Barnes and Robert Friedrichs in 2008, the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame is a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to preserving the legacy of the men and women who pioneered aerospace within the State of Nevada. The Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame, Inc. (a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit educational organization with a mission of preserving the history of aerospace in the state of Nevada) establishes and maintains an ongoing means of honoring individuals from Nevada who have contributed in a significant manner to the development, advancement and promotion of aerospace. NVAHOF also honors individuals who were not native to Nevada but were associated with the Battle Born state, whose careers enhanced the aerospace climate worldwide or in space. The mission of NVAHOF is unique as it especially recognizes and honors the men and women, federal, military, and civilian, who worked in secrecy at various locations in Nevada.
Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering
Located at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering provides research and academic programs to more than 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students. With more than 70 full-time faculty, and six departments, the college's goals are to provide a quality undergraduate learning experience in engineering and computer science; strengthen and enhance the graduate experience; focus knowledge, discovery, integration, and application in strategic areas; integrate research and education; and to promote and enable partnerships with the private and public sectors.
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