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Vandenberg, Hoyt



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Vandenberg, Hoyt S (1899-1954) Immensely influential American officer, Air Force Chief of Staff in the late 1940's and 1950's during the formative period of rocketry development and the work on intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Hoyt S. Vandenberg was a career military aviator who served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force between 1948 and 1953. He was educated the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and entered the Army Air Corps after graduation, becoming a pilot and air commander. After numerous command positions in World War II, most significantly as commander of Ninth Air Force which provided fighter support in Europe during the invasion and march to Berlin, he returned to Washington and helped with the formation of the Department of Defense (DOD) in 1947. As Air Force Chief of Staff he was a senior official in the DOD during the formative period of rocketry development and the work on intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Born: 1899.
Died: 1954.04.02.

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  • USAF American agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. United States Air Force, USA. More...

Bibliography
  • Launius, Roger D, NASA Chief Historian, NASA History Office Home Page, Web Address when accessed: here.

Vandenberg, Hoyt Chronology


1948 January 15 - .
  • USAF policy for development of earth satellites 'at the proper time'. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Vandenberg, Hoyt. Summary: General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Vice Chief of Staff, United States Air Force, approved a policy calling for the development of earth satellites at the proper time..

1954 April 2 - .
  • Death of Hoyt S Vandenberg - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Vandenberg, Hoyt. Summary: Immensely influential American officer, Air Force Chief of Staff in the late 1940's and 1950's during the formative period of rocketry development and the work on intercontinental ballistic missiles..

1958 October 4 - . Launch Site: Vandenberg.
  • Cooke AFB redesignated Vandenberg AFB - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Vandenberg, Hoyt. Summary: Cooke AFB redesignated Vandenberg AFB, honoring the late General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, the Air Force's second Chief of Staff. Vandenberg AFB, first operational ICBM base in free world, was dedicated..

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