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Selecting a place called Area 51 in Nevada and beneath a shroud of secrecy, the Central Intelligence Agency first flew the U-2, the Angel knowing at the time that the Russians would most likely shoot it down within 18 months. To replace the U-2, the CIA designed America’s first stealth plane, using the slide rule to produce what today remains the highest flying and fastest crewed, air-breathing aircraft ever flown, the A-12 Archangel. The agency named it the Oxcart, the first of a family of four Blackbird planes. At Area 51, the CIA flew the Oxcart on 2,850 sorties, some faster than a rifle bullet and up to 90,000 feet that remained unknown to the world for decades to come. Now, after over 50 years the story can be told about Project OXCART at Area 51.