San Diego's Missile

From: George Olshevsky (
Date: Fri Jun 29 2007 - 15:03:22 EDT

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    This week's local free tabloid, The San Diego Weekly Reader, carries
    an article on the design, construction, and testing of the Atlas
    missile by a General Dynamics aerospace engineer who was there, Edward
    Hujsak. It's long and full of nice anecdotes. Unfortunately, I have
    been unable to find a copy of it online (e.g., at the Reader's
    website), although Hujsak himself shows up at a few websites. It
    celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first Atlas test launch back in
    1957. The author is an expatriate from my home town of Buffalo, NY,
    having worked for Bell Aircraft there in the early-to-mid-1950s (like
    my dad and uncle) before moving here. From the article I also learned
    that General Dynamics, under its earlier name Consolidated Aircraft,
    moved to San Diego from Buffalo even earlier, in 1934. Seems to be a
    common occurrence, moving from Buffalo to San Diego. (As did my wife,
    who beat me to San Diego by six years.)
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