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    Tactical Missiles 1949-1969
    The Pioneers
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    The Martin Company - Missile Support Area - Oberweis

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    The Martin Company maintenance and support facility located in the MSA area at Oberweis, supported all phases of the maintenance and repair of the weapons system and the support and test equipment

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    U.S. Air Force Tactical Missiles

    Now Available On Line at
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    By the Editors of this Website!

    Beyond the Web Page... The only book devoted exclusively to the Matador and Mace Tactical Missiles. The book reveals the story from the initial idea that became the first U.S. pilotless bomber, through the politically troubled development of the ever evolving deployment methods of the Matador and Mace Tactical Missiles. It covers the Units, Groups, Squadrons and Wing that fielded the missiles. From the United States test sites, Europe, Asia and North Africa nothing is omitted. All phases of the application of these two missiles by the U.S. Air Force (and West German Luftwaffe) are included, from the first tentative launches of the XSSM-A-1 Matador in January 1949, to the tense alert duty of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the final launch of a MQM13A in May of 1977. The maintenance, logistics and launch, the men, equipment and tactics are all there.

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    "Bob, George, I finished your book 2 days after I received it. Couldn't put it down. It was incredible reading and incredibly detailed information."

    Kent Washburn (KWASH55@aol.com) Mace B, Kadena, Okinawa

    "George and Bob. I want you both to know how much I enjoyed reading and how much I admire and appreciate what you have accomplished in developing and publishing "The Pioneers". It is truly an outstanding piece of work, reflecting the time and effort required to produce it, but is also a formidable contribution to our military history. I mentioned in some earlier correspondence that I was a little disappointed in the relatively small amount of information regarding the Operating Location/Guidance Sites but you largely made up for it with this magnificent book."

    Dale Lake (daleflake@yahoo.com) 601st Tactical Control Squadron, 38th TMW, Hamm, Germany

    "I just finished your book, The Pioneers, et al. Please accept my "job well done!" Not only is it informative, but it's very readable. I'd also like to complement you on how well you footnoted it. You have shown that a scholarly work can be both instructive and enjoyable."

    Michael Roof (lavinaschnur@hotmail.com) SGM USA (Ret.)

    USAF Tactical Missiles - Book Cover

    ISBN 978-0-557-00029-6

    "Very good work with great detail."

    Col. Charlie Simpson, USAF, Retired
    Executive Director
    Association of Air Force Missileers

    "George, the book arrived on Tuesday while I was off to France. Of course, I quickly read the chapter about �Germany's quiet step into the realm of nuclear armament.� You know, this is still a widely ignored fact over here...
    ...For me it is fascinating to see what the picture really was in the 1950s and 1960s as opposed to what the official communication of the time wanted people to believe. A fascinating book shedding some light on the early days of tactical nuclear missiles as well as the political background that even today is still largely hidden behind the propaganda of the time. Can�t wait to read the rest of it."

    Burkhard Domke
    Harsefeld, Germany

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    "U.S. Tactical Missiles 1949-1969 The Pioneers"

    "I have your excellent book on USAF tactical missiles. I actually witnessed the decommissioning of the Maces at W�scheim back in 1966."

    Paul Offen
    Talitha, Tye Common Road
    Essex CM12 9PX

    "I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how much I enjoyed the book that you and Bob wrote. The history was of particluar interest to me and my brother who was a history Professor at the University of Wisconsin. He also thought the book was well written, and he now knows what his little brother, (me), did while in Germany for three years."

    George Joseph Snyder (gjsnyder@lanset.com)
    71st TMS, Steinborn, Germany

    "...by the way, I read your book, it was great, thanks for writing it."

    Hack Hunton (hack@sstelco.com) Mace B, Kadena, Okinawa

    US Air Force Tactical Missiles �2008 - George Mindling and Robert Bolton

    Inspired by the 38th TMW Website, George Mindling and Robert Bolton co-authored US Air Force Tactical Missiles 1949 - 1969: The Pioneers �2008, the story of America's first operational missiles, from the Matador to the Mace, from Taiwan, Korea, and Okinawa to Germany, including Lowry, Orlando, Holloman, Santa Rosa Island at Eglin, and even Camp Happiness!

    Dieses Buch ist ein Muss f�r alle, die im Rahmen ihres Dienstes bei der U.S. Air Force mit den fr�hen Marschflugk�rpern zu tun hatten, aber auch f�r deutsche Milit�rarch�ologen, die in der Eifel, im Hunsr�ck oder im Pf�lzer Wald schon �ber r�tselhafte Hinterlassenschaften gestolpert sind. Nach mehr als 40 Jahren wird endlich eine F�lle von Fakten, Informationen und Geschichten zu den zwischen 1954 und 1969 in Deutschland stationierten, mit Automwaffen ausger�steten amerikanischen Matador und Mace auf den Tisch gelegt. Ausf�hrlich und lebendig erz�hlen George Mindling und Bob Bolton von den jungen Missilemen, die im M�rz 1954 erstmals in Bitburg ankamen - noch ganz gr�n im Gesicht, weil auf dem Atlantik schwerer Sturm geherrscht hatte. Von den T-33-Flugzeugen, die aus �bungsgr�nden so taten, als w�ren sie Matador-Flugk�rper, �ber die Startstellungen hinweg in Richtung deutsch-deutsche Grenze donnerten und sich von der Gegenseite nur nicht erwischen lassen durften. Oder von der Kuba-Krise, als die US Air Force Europe auf DEFCON 3 ging und an die Mechaniker in Bitburg Munition f�r ihre Karabiner ausgegeben wurde.

    Augenzeugen sagen dazu: "Wir h�tten die V�gel auf jeden Fall innerhalb von 15 Minuten in der Luft haben m�ssen!" Es ist lebendige Milit�rgeschichte, die nun nicht der Vergessenheit anheimf�llt, sondern jedermann zug�nglich wird - auch f�r die ortsans�ssige Bev�lkerung, die heute endlich erf�hrt, was sich damals in ihrer Nachbarschaft zugetragen hat. Den beiden Autoren geb�hrt der Dank.

    Klaus Stark   (klaus_stark@t-online.de)
    Berlin, Germany

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    Cocooned Mace

    Photo courtesy of Kathy Geary (k.geary@worldnet.att.net)

    After the final shutdown, A CGM-13B Mace "B" sits in a cocoon on the ramp in front of the DMF.


    Photo courtesy of Kathy Geary (k.geary@worldnet.att.net)

    CGM-13B guidance units from AC Spark Plug await further packing and crating after being sent from the MEMS and GSC shops. These gimbals require heating and constant power if the rate accelerometer and gyros have been installed.

    Photo courtesy of Kathy Geary (k.geary@worldnet.att.net)

    A CGM-13B Mace "B" awaits further disassembly prior to being removed from it's launcher in the DMF hangar. The vertical fin and VIHS assembly will be packed separately.

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