This article comprises 65 pages over 12 chapters. It is presented
here as a single, searchable PDF file (13MB) and in two parts, Missile 1
(chapters 1-7) and Missile 2 (chapters 8-12).
USAF's Ballistic Missiles—1954-1964
From the Author
Chapter 1: Dawn of the Missile Age
Chapter 2: Scientists, too, Are Fallible
Chapter 3: Early Efforts Toward Missiles
Chapter 4: Scientific Barriers to Missiles
Chapter 5: The Great Awakening
Chapter 6: The Rejuvenated Missile Program
Chapter 7: The Race With Time
Chapter 8: Command and Control
Chapter 9: The Growing Missile Program
Chapter 10: The Collossal Facilities Task
Chapter 11: Preserving the Delivery Capability
Chapter 12: USAF and Space
Dr. Ernest G. Schwiebert, Command Historian of the Air Force
Systems Command, did graduate work in history at Ohio State and Chicago
Universities, and earned his doctorate in Modern European History at Cornell
University in 1930. After serving as Professor of History for several years, he
accepted a position with the State Department during the Occupation of Germany
(1948-50) in the department of Education and Cultural Affairs. During this
tour, he served both as University Adviser and Visiting Professor of the
University of Erlangen in Bavaria. Upon his return from Germany, he became the
first Command Historian of the Air Research and Development Command, later the
Air Force Systems Command, where he organized and has directed the historical
program for more than twelve years.
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