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Downey's Aerospace History
Learn about Downey California's role from early aviation, rockets, missiles and landing on the Moon!
History of the Downey Plant Rockwell - NMA Communique
Vultee Aircraft and Consolidated Vultee
North American Aviation and Rockwell
X-15 Details Poster- PDF
Apollo, and then some...
"When John F. Kennedy became president in January 1961, Americans had the perception that the United States was losing the "space race" with the Soviets. President Kennedy understood the need and had the vision of not only matching the Soviets, but surpassing them. On May 25, 1961, he stood before Congress and proclaimed that “this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before the decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.”On September 12, 1962, President Kennedy delivered a speech describing his goals for the nation’s space effort before a crowd of 35,000 people in the football stadium at Rice University in Houston, Texas". Play the speech above by clicking the 'play' triangle.
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Apollo 11: Launch July 16, 1969 - Video
Historic Spacecraft- Apollo
Space Shuttle Firsts= PDF
Edeavour's Last Trip- O.C. Register
Remembering William E. Boeing Jr. 1922-2015
Pioneers in Aviation Biographies- Boeing, Kindelberger, Douglas and McDonnell
MARS AND BEYOND
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Celebrating 100 Years of Aviation and Aerospace
About Charles Lindbergh-
He played a role in the advent of the space program
"Lindbergh was a famous proponent of early air travel, but he also helped sow the seeds of the space program through his work with Robert Goddard, the so-called “father of modern rocketry.” Lindbergh first learned about Goddard’s experiments with liquid-fueled rockets in late-1929, and the two soon struck up a lifelong friendship. Convinced that Goddard’s work might one day facilitate a trip to the moon, Lindbergh became the physicist’s greatest champion and even persuaded philanthropist Daniel Guggenheim to give him $100,000 in funding. Goddard’s breakthroughs would later prove invaluable in the development of early missiles and space travel. When Apollo 8 became the first manned space mission to orbit the moon in 1968, Lindbergh sent the astronauts a message saying, “You have turned into reality the dream of Robert Goddard.” More here...