BERLIN’S CHIPMUNK SPYPLANES

During the Cold War, thanks to an agreement between the four occupying powers, a small number of western airmen flew over Berlin engaged in a highly successful intelligence collection effort. We talk with two participants in the British element of that programme — known by several codenames over the years including ‘Schooner’, ‘Nylon’, ‘Farnborough’ and ‘Eldorado’ — to gain some never-before-published perspectives on the RAF’s secretive Chipmunk reconnaissance missions

It’s December 1981, and Mike Neil is flying RAF Gatow Station Flight Chipmunk WZ862
abeam the Siegessäule (Victory Column), that great Prussian monument in what was then West Berlin.

BARRY ELLISON VIA MIKE NEIL

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