Secret Ops of the CIA and Secret Aviation Ops of the CIA wall calendars contain paintings depicting declassified spy missions from the agency’s past. The original paintings are displayed at CIA headquarters in Virginia. Jay Price/North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC hide caption
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A new year means it’s time for new calendars. And a North Carolina man has created some of the most unusual you’ll ever see.
In fact, they show scenes you once weren’t supposed to see — official CIA paintings of past spy missions.
They include a depiction of a spy with a rifle shooting down an airplane from a helicopter, and images of two missions in which planes tried to snatch agents off the ground without landing.
There wasn’t such a thing as CIA art until Erik Kirzinger, a former logger, fly-fishing guide and cowhand, came up with the idea to commission some for CIA headquarters in Northern Virginia.
“The idea being that when you looked at the collection from one end of the hall to the other it would tell the visual history of the CIA one