Monday, April 1, 2013

A Historical Marker

A Lockheed innovator answered the Cold War Threat

In 1957, Lockheed was given 10 years to develop a nuclear missile that could be fired from a submarine and carry a warhead a thousand miles to target. Thermologist Robert Booth applied silicone rubber to lower the exhaust temperature to 10 degrees Fahrenheit for the Polaris submarine. At the signing of a book, detailing the history of Lockheed, Dan Tellep, the former company chairman, shook Robert Booth's hand and stated in two words that he “contained Communism.”