ACE IN THE HOLE: The Story Of The Minuteman Missile by Roy Neal

ACE IN THE HOLE: The Story Of The Minuteman Missile

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In 1960 the United States Air Force unveiled a solid fuel missile capable of travelling 6000 miles to its target at speeds up to 15,000 miles per hour. This missile, dubbed the Minuteman, is now being placed in underground launching holes at strategic points throughout the country in case of Communist attacks. An NBC executive and aviation writer here tells us how the missile came about in the minds of the military back in the 1950's, how it was painfully developed by both Air Force and private industry designers, how, missile sties were chosen for it, and how it is produced and put on bases today. There are the usual stories which seem to be endemic to missiledom today----the countdowns at Canaveral, the brilliant men like General Schriever and Colonel Ed Hall working overtime on design and test problems, the haunting fear of Soviet progress in the same field. These stores of course are a vital part of Minuteman's history. Unfortunately they echo similar stories and patterns told to us in other books recently about other missiles and rocket planes. A valuable piece of history, but neither refreshing in view nor particularly well written.

Pub Date: Sept. 21st, 1962
Publisher: Doubleday