In Pictures: The hot art in the CIA’s cool art collection

The CIA has a collection of paintings that depict historic agency actions

During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union competed for every advantage, including study of the Arctic for its strategic value. According to the CIA Web site, for seven days in May 1962, under Project COLDFEET, the US Intelligence Community pursued an opportunity to collect intelligence from an abandoned Soviet drift station on a floating ice island deep in the Arctic. The idea was to parachute specialists on to the site and retrieve them using a unique airborne pickup device, Robert Fulton’s Skyhook. The Skyhook was an adaptation of devices Great Britain and the United States had used in the 1940s and early 1950s to allow fixed-wing aircraft to pick up people or objects from the ground without landing.

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