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The Navaho Missile Project: The Story of the ""Know-How"" Missile of American Rocketry (Schiffer Military/Aviation History) Paperback – January 1, 2004

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  • Series: Schiffer Military/Aviation History
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764300482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764300486
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #960,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James N. Gibson is a degreed Aerospace Engineer with over a decade of experience working on such programs as the International Space Station, the Space Shuttle, and the Delta II and Delta IV launch vehicles. His father was also an aerospace engineer who worked on such projects as the Navaho cruise Missile, the XB-70 bomber, the Apollo command and service modules, and the Space Shuttle. Thus James Gibson was born into the United States space and missile programs and thus was able to recognize on sight various missiles and rockets before he was in High School.

This however doesn't explain why he would write on this subject. That reason is because by the time he was in college he had become aware that most of the books being published in the 80s on nuclear delivery systems were filled with errors. And the primary error were the deletion of various delivery systems that didn't fit the ideology of various groups. To correct this and place before the public all the systems the United States has ever deployed he began writing. Since then he has produced two books on nuclear delivery systems, a book on the Navaho cruise missile (that was instrumental in the development of the first American ICBMs and the later Apollo moon rocket), and in more recent years a self-published book on the American Manned Space program.

James N. Gibson is unmarried and has no children

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This book has superb coverage of this now little-known but extremely important project. It is jammed with color and B&W photographs, diagrams and drawings, and facts. The book also looks at concurrent missile programs of the 1950s, such as the Snark, Atlas, and Redstone.
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This is an excellent book about Navaho. It briefly details the post WWII situation which lead to many missile programs (including Navaho), describes various components of Navaho, details each and every flight related to the project, covers related/similar missile programs and concludes with a chapter describing how technology developed in the Navaho program has been used in many unrelated defence projects since.

Also has many photographs of Navaho and other missiles/aircraft of its day (colour and black and white).
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I worked on the Navaho Program at the Cape from Nov.1955 to March 1959 and was on the Launch Crew of N0-1 of the G-26. Before that I had worked on the X-10. I want to thank James for his very accurate history and if possible would like him to contact me. I think I remember his Dad but it was a long time ago. If my memory is correct I have a story about his Dad he wold like to hear. Maury The Navaho Missile Project: The Story of the "Know-How" Missile of American Rocketry
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I saw a copy of this book at the Friends of Amateur Rocketry meeting at the SRTF (Small Rocket Test Facility) in Mojave,Ca., looked for it on Amazon, found it, and ordered it immediately.

I went to work at North American Aviation on the Navaho project in Downey, Ca. in 1955, It was my first job out of college. This great little book brings back some fond (and sometimes scary) memories. I worked on the guidance system and navigation control computer and was present at several of the launch attempts at the cape. I remember the launch where the kerosine tank failed to disconnect as well as the one where the engines shut down when the umbilical detached and the missile fell back on the launch pad. It was the early days of rocketry and the dawn of the space age. This marvelous little book captures it quite well. Kudos to the author and all the work that went into creating this marvelous bit of history. My father worked on the X10 part of the project and I just wish he was still around to see this book.
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Excellent book about Navaho!! very good conditions and describes various components of Navaho.The book also looks at concurrent missile programs of the 1950s.
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