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The Defence Contractor

  • Hugh Miall

Abstract

The final assembly hall in the General Dynamics Convair Division plant at San Diego is a brilliantly-lit, air-conditioned hall. Blue signs hang from the roof, indicating different assembly stations. In each of these lies a partially-assembled missile, painted bright yellow. The missiles are slung in wheeled conveyors, on which they can be moved along the highly-polished floor. One technician attends each missile. Dressed in white or grey coats, with open-necked shirts, they peer at the equipment tightly packed in cylindrical sections. Making small adjustments, they bring the sections together.

The missile plants the US aerospace corporations the Soviet Design Bureaux Qian Xuesen and Chinese rocketry British Aerospace Aerospatiale technological momentum and the role of the defence contractors 

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© Hugh Miall 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hugh Miall
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  1. 1.LondonUK

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