Nothing Was Ever Normal: Memoirs of a Pioneer in the United States Missile and Space Programs Don Peeler

ISBN: 9781491748114

Published: October 21st 2014

Hardcover

314 pages


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Nothing Was Ever Normal: Memoirs of a Pioneer in the United States Missile and Space Programs  by  Don Peeler

Nothing Was Ever Normal: Memoirs of a Pioneer in the United States Missile and Space Programs by Don Peeler
October 21st 2014 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 314 pages | ISBN: 9781491748114 | 5.77 Mb

In the heady days of the early 1960s, the United States found itself perched on the edge of technological, sociological, and societal precipices. Advances made by its enemies with offensive ballistic-missile systems put America in catch-up mode, both on Earth and in orbit.

Others were leading the race to space, and that was an affront to American safety, status, and national pride.For the men and women employed as top-secret research workers at the General Motors Division, secrecy was a way of life. The projects they worked on-including Project Jennifer, Big Bird, Thor, Titan missiles, Matador, Regulus, the stealth fighter, and the Fastest Gun in the West-were cloaked in the highest security possible.

In their labs, the Lunar Rover, Apollo Guidance, and the complex, multinational F-16 systems were born.Don Peeler was a typical engineer in this high-stress environment, but his personal experiences were atypical. During his years at the General Motors Division, he experienced events that ran from the humorous to the heroic, and in Nothing Was Ever Normal, he shares his best memories of those days.

For Don and his peers, there was no normal or any such thing as standard operating procedures, because what was occurring had never been experienced before. Compared to NASAs Manned Space Program, their glory came from knowing that what they were doing was essential to the security of the United States.

Now that their classification designations have lapsed, the stories of the Band of Others can finally be told.



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