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A girl's guide to missiles : growing up in America's secret desert  Cover Image Book Book

A girl's guide to missiles : growing up in America's secret desert

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Summary: The China Lake missile range in the Mojave Desert was created during the Second World War, and has always been shrouded in secrecy. But people who make missiles and other weapons are regular working people, with domestic routines and everyday dilemmas, and four of them were the Piper family. Her dad designed the Sidewinder. Once, when a missile nose needed to be taken offsite for final testing, her mother loaded it into the trunk of the family car, set off down a Los Angeles freeway, and even stopped off at the mall, leaving the missile in the parking lot. Piper's memoir also reaches back to her father's World War II flights with contraband across Europe.--

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780735220386
  • ISBN: 0399564543
  • ISBN: 9780399564543
  • Physical Description: x, 322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
    print
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018]

Contents / Notes

General Note: Text in English.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-322).
Formatted Contents Note: Becoming China Lakers -- A teenage weaponeer -- Dynamic instability -- The Cold War at home -- Anything can be a weapon -- Off target -- Life without weapons.
Language Note:
Text in English.
Subject: Piper, Karen Lynnea 1965-
Naval Ordnance Test Station (China Lake, Calif.) Employees Biography
Piper, Earl Marwin 1922-2005
Piper, Mary Dahlstrom
United States. Office of Strategic Services Biography
Naval Ordnance Test Station (China Lake, Calif.)
United States. Office of Strategic Services.
Cold War (1945-1989)
Naval Ordnance Test Station (China Lake, Calif.) Officials and employees Biography
United States. Office of Strategic Services Biography
Guided missiles United States History Anecdotes
Electronic technicians United States Biography
California, Southern Social life and customs 20th century
Young women West (U.S.) Biography
Cold War
Employees
Guided missiles
Manners and customs
Young women
California, Southern
United States
United States, West
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women
Guided missiles United States History Anecdotes
Young women West (U.S.) Biography
Cold war
California, Southern Social life and customs
Genre: Autobiographies.
Nonfiction.
Anecdotes.
Autobiographies.
History.
Biography.
Anecdotes.

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  • 10 / 10 copies available at PINES (Show)
  • 1 / 1 copies available at Flint River Regional Library System (Show)
  • 1 / 1 copies available at Peachtree City Library

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Flint River Regional Library System:
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358.17 PIPER
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