Nanda Devi – River Deep Mountain High

General Curtis LeMay, the US Air Force chief of staff from 1961 to 1965, who helped conceive the Nanda Devi spy mission

28 May 1962, Paris, France — General Curtis LeMay, USAF, Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force, smokes his ever-present cigar as he talks to newsmen at a NATO exercise at Camp Voluceau, near Paris. LeMay has been urging Congress to appropriate $491 million for the long-range RS-70 bomber, $320 million more than the administration has requested. Said the scowling LeMay: “I object to the term ‘Bomber Man’ applied to me. I will use the most effective weapons system that will do the job. If that’s kiddie cars, I’ll use kiddie cars.” LeMay was the man who organized the Berlin Airlift and commanded the B29s which dropped atomic bombs on Japan. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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