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Wilson, Charles Erwin



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Wilson Charles Erwin
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Wilson, Charles Erwin 'Engine Charlie' (1890-1961) American Manager, Eisenhower's Secretary of Defense 1953-1957, an ardent opponent of spaceflight. He had previously run GM, where he coined the phrase "What's good for General Motors is good for the country".

Secretary of Defense under Eisenhower between 1953 and 1957, an ardent opponent of spaceflight. He had previously run GM, where he coined the phrase "What's good for General Motors is good for the country". Among his decisions was to prevent the Army's Jupiter-C missile putting a satellite into orbit before Sputnik; and favoring the Air Force's Thor missile over the Army's Jupiter (which happened to be built by GM competitor Chrysler).

Born: 1890.07.18.
Died: 1961.09.26.

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Bibliography
  • Launius, Roger D, NASA Chief Historian, NASA History Office Home Page, Web Address when accessed: here.
  • Gray, Mike, Angle of Attack: Harrison Storms and the Race to the Moon, Penguin Reprint edition, 1994.
  • Public records,

Wilson, Charles Erwin Chronology


1961 September 26 - .
  • Death of Charles Erwin 'Engine Charlie' Wilson - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Wilson, Charles Erwin. Summary: American Manager, Eisenhower's Secretary of Defense 1953-1957, an ardent opponent of spaceflight. He had previously run GM, where he coined the phrase "What's good for General Motors is good for the country"..

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