Chapter 1 Introduction

  • James R. Asay
  • Lalit C. Chhabildas
  • R. Jeffery Lawrence
  • Mary Ann Sweeney
Part of the Shock Wave and High Pressure Phenomena book series (SHOCKWAVE)


The origin of Sandia National Laboratories began with World War II and the Manhattan Project. Prior to the United States entering the war, the U.S. Army leased land then known as Oxnard Field on the desert outskirts of Albuquerque, New Mexico, to refuel and service Army and Navy aircraft in transit. In January 1941, the construction began on the Albuquerque Army Air Base, leading to the establishment near the end of the year of the “Bombardier School-Army Advanced Flying School.” Shortly afterward the base was renamed Kirtland Field, after the Army military pilot Colonel Roy S. Kirtland and, in mid 1942, the Army acquired the installation. During the war, Kirtland Field expanded and served as a major Army Air Corps training installation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James R. Asay
    • 1
  • Lalit C. Chhabildas
    • 1
  • R. Jeffery Lawrence
    • 1
  • Mary Ann Sweeney
    • 1
  1. 1.Sandia National LaboratoriesAlbuquerqueUSA

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