The largest crowd ever to attend a Sun Lakes Aero Club (SLAC) gathering turned out January 19 to hear Sun Lakes resident Don Palmer tell why the U.S. won the race to the moon and why the Soviet Union lost.
Fifty-seven persons, including 18 guests, attended the session.
In the 1960s, Palmer was the youngest engineer working on Collins Radio (now Rockwell Collins) $40 million contract to design and build critical radio systems for the Apollo moon missions.
“Then tragedy struck the
In 1961, President Kennedy decided to pursue what became the Apollo program when he asked for Congressional support for landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth in this decade. After his assassination in 1963, Kennedy’s memory was quite an impetus for the program, Palmer said.
to our success was a commitment for a program management concept highlighting
cost, schedule, and reliability,” Palmer said. The program eventually paid off
in July, 1969 when, by landing on the moon, the
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