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In 1956 my father, John J. Glennon (Librarian for the what is now the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics), was one of the few fluent Russian speakers in the US, as I was given to understand. He was recruited by the FBI's New York Office by John Connolly to work with the CIA. In November of 1956 my father traveled to Russia after a thorough background check of friends, family, etc. I understood that his assignment was to find out what was the status of aircraft (not sure what else). \He spent three weeks there.

Question: does anyone know more about the context for that trip, and about his project? He never spoke of this assignment. Does anyone have any information about John J. Glennon's visit to the USSR, or the name he used in Moscow?

He was driven around of course and attended a high level gathering on November 7, 1956. He did take 33mm videos, which we still have.

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    I am sorry you feel this way however, it is the beginning of spaceflight. Yes this is NOT a technical question but it does have to do the the history of spaceflight. This is a personal question indeed. You never know if someone who reads this may know. I am 70 now and would like to extend the little information I have. I have applied and applied through the Freedom of Information Act to no avail. – Glennon Jul 11 at 12:42
  • What reason was given for the rejection of the FoIA request? Was there no information available? Where did your Father travel to? What's on the films? – Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Jul 11 at 13:17
  • search.rsl.ru/ru/record/01000580053 This book may have some answers, if you can read Russian. 1956 was around the time where the USSR pushed German scientists out of their aerospace programs. – Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Jul 11 at 13:31
  • Welcome! Whatever records that might exist would be held by the Russian and American intelligence agencies. Even when space programs find information about their foreign counterparts, they are not told how the information was obtained, to preserve the safety of the sources. Therefore, even if your father was involved in espionage of space information, the space community won't have the information you want. You will have to ask the intelligence agencies. – DrSheldon Jul 11 at 14:00
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    @Glennon I made a few cosmetic edits to your post. "Librarian for the what is not the..." did you mean "...is now the..."? Also, if you would like to ask a question that is more closely related to AIAA, that might be closer to on-topic here. – uhoh Jul 12 at 16:03

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