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New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1958. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. xvi, , 373,  pages. Footnotes. Illustrations. Tables. Bibliography. Index. Foreword by Dr. Wernher von Braun. DJ edges worn and small chips missing, DJ in plastic sleeve. The author was the President, National Research and Development Corporation. Ronald Wakeford for the Director of the Astronautics Division of that company. Dr. Ordway was Director, Ordnance Projects for General Astronautics Corporation. Dr. Canney was founder and Chairman of the Board of General Astronautics Corporation. Dr. Wernher von Braun wrote the Foreword for this volume. Frederick Ira Ordway III (April 4, 1927 – July 1, 2014) was an American space scientist and author of visionary books on spaceflight. Ordway was educated at Harvard University and completed several years of graduate study at the University of Paris. He owned a large collection of paintings depicting astronautical themes. He was a member of leading professional societies and was the author, co-author, or editor of more than thirty books and over three hundred articles. At the time of his death he was the longest-serving member of the American Rocket Society (joined in 1939). Ordway was a member of the faculty at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) from 1970 to 1973, and he was awarded an honorary doctorate by UAH in 1992.
New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1986. Revised and Enlarged Edition. Hardcover. Format is approximately 10 inches by 10 inches. 239,  pages. Illustrations (215 full color photographs), index, Signed and dated by Astronaut Allen on the half-title page. Joseph Percival "Joe" Allen IV, Ph.D. (born June 27, 1937) is a former NASA astronaut. He logged more than 3,000 hours flying time in jet aircraft. Allen was selected as a scientist-astronaut by NASA in August 1967 as a member of the second group of scientist-astronauts.
Washington DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1978. presumed First Edition, First printing. Trade paperback. , 89,  pages. Black and white illustrations. Rear cover has a creased corner. Rear cover torn at spine from top to about 1/3 of the way down. The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) was a U.S. federal agency founded on March 3, 1915, to undertake, promote, and institutionalize aeronautical research. On October 1, 1958, the agency was dissolved, and its assets and personnel transferred to the newly created National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). NACA was pronounced as discrete letters, rather than as a whole word (and after NASA first was established, its acronym was pronounced as discrete letters in the early years). Among other advancements, NACA research and development produced the NACA duct, a type of air intake used in modern automotive applications, the NACA cowling, and several series of NACA airfoils which are still used in aircraft manufacturing. During World War II, NACA was described as "The Force Behind Our Air Supremacy" due to its key role in producing working superchargers for high altitude bombers, and for producing the cutting-edge wing profiles for the North American P-51 Mustang. NACA was also key in developing the area rule that is used on all modern supersonic aircraft, and conducted the key compressibility research that enabled the Bell X-1 to break the sound barrier.
Hauppauge, NY: Barron's Educational Series, Inc., 1996. Presumed First Edition. Stiff boards. Format is approximately 6 inches by 10 inches. 28 pages, counting covers. Stiff card pages. Color illustrations. Name in marker on back cover. Come along with the twins as they look to the stars and wonder what it would be like to be astronauts. The twins - Anna and Josh - visit a space museum and touch a rock from the moon!