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By David N. Spires, Rick W Sturdevant, Richard S Eckert

This manuscript is a learn of the us Air strength in area. Of the entire army companies, the Air strength has been preeminently concerned for the previous fifty years in beginning, constructing, and utilising the know-how of space-based platforms in aid of the nation's nationwide defense. but there was no single-volume evaluation of the Air strength area tale to function an advent and advisor for readers. This publication tells the tale of the origins and improvement of the us Air Force's area application from its earliest beginnings within the publish moment global warfare interval to its emergence as a severe operational presence within the Persian Gulf conflict.

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The report argued that technological advances led by Germany during the war set the stage for an air force that must embrace supersonic flight, long-range guided missiles with highly destructive payloads, and jet propulsion to achieve air superiority. Von Karmdn viewed government-supported research centers on the German model as a major element in the postwar national defense structure. " Meanwhile, while von Karmdn and his team in late 1945 gathered additional field data and prepared their final report to the AAF chief, Arnold took additional steps to shape the future Air Force's scientific focus.

After the war Americans discovered that German plans had called for an intercontinental ballistic missile to strike New York by 1946 . To the German rocketeers, however, the A-4 always represented the first rung on the ladder to space . "' The German rocket specialists freely acknowledged their debt to American rocket pioneer, Robert H . Goddard . Unlike his Russian and German contemporaries, Goddard immediately moved beyond theoretical studies to practical experimentation . He always found applied research more exciting than theoretical studies .

When the AAF demurred, the Army Ordnance Department stepped in and offered von Karman a far more challenging contract . The scientist readily agreed to the Army's project, which called for producing a 20,000-pound liquid-propellant rocket with a burn time of sixty seconds and a range of nearly forty miles. Organized under Frank Malina, the large project became known as ORDCIT (representing Ordnance, California Institute of Technology), until renamed the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in November 1944 .

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