B8649 (30 Oct 1959)


Mission B8649 focused on Egypt and western Jordan and Syria. It began photographic coverage at Alexandria in the western Nile delta. It made four east-west transects across the delta and Cairo, with coverage of the Suez canal. It then turned to the Red Sea and passed inland to the bend of the Nile at Qena. It flew up the Nile, covering Luxor, Aswan, and the Dam zone before turning off the camera and banking to the northeast. The pilot flew across Saudi Arabia as far as the Euphrates near Ramadi, then followed the desert road to Zarqa, Jordan. It looped to the south and then over Amman, continuing to the north as far as Lebanon before returning to Damascus. The pilot then made a wide circle over Suweida and the Jebel Druze before turning up to Palmyra. The mission crossed the steppe as far as Idlib, then back to Adana.

Missio B8649 provides high resolution imagery of major archaeological sites in Egypt, including Luxor, Edfu, and Aswan.

For data see: Ur, Jason; Hammer, Emily, 2018, "Spatial Index of U2 Aerial Photography of the Middle East, 1958-1960", https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/VD74QX, Harvard Dataverse, V1.