by Gary W.
During the build-up for the first Polaris submarine missile, there was a demand for skilled workers. Because I had been an electronics technician, I was able to get a job readily at the Lockheed plant in Sunnyvale, California. This is my story.
I was assigned to the missile test and readiness console area in the big missile bay. Our engineers were always working to improve and to expand testing procedures, and I implemented their ideas into the test console. When an idea was tested and proved, it was incorporated on the submarines.
Electronics then was a touch different than electronics now—the circuits were much bigger! The checkout equipment I worked on needed a console as big as a closet. Now, it probably fits into a smart phone.
I have always felt that I helped advance the submarine missile program into what it is today. I appreciate the opportunity that Lockheed Martin gave me to do that.