From: Jonathan McDowell (
Date: Mon Feb 20 2006 - 18:21:11 EST

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    George, it's still a mystery. I uncovered a declassified USAF memo
    saying that the USAF press officer shouldn't release which flight -
    presumably sensitivity due to planned sigint subpayloads on similar
    flights, sensitivity about the fact that it was a partial failure,
    and  just general stupidity. So it was a deliberate omission.
    Launch was between Jun 1 and Jul 15 according to some documents I've
    seen, so the most probable mission is the Jun 12 CORONA flight.
    Jun 27 is less likely since that one carried a P-11 subsatellite 
    and there probably wouldn't have been room for EROS on the 
    Agena aft rack.
     - Jonathan McDowell
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