As we’ve written about before, the Central Intelligence Agency’s archives abound with examples of the more unorthodox challenges of aerial espionage. One such incident, discussed in a SECRET article by Dino Brugioni in the Fall 1979 issue of the Agency’s Studies in Intelligence quarterly magazine, describes an unusual example of small arms fire: the “Congolese SAM” …
also known as a spear.
While the Agency’s copy of the attached photo was typically underwhelming, Brugioni’s included a full resolution scan in his book, Eyes in the Sky: Eisenhower, the CIA, and Cold War Aerial Espionage.
The full article is embedded below.