A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 1, 1957

ONE day soon, perhaps late in April, the U.S. Air Force plans to test-fire its first intercontinental ballistic missile, the Atlas. Known to its keepers as "the Bird," Atlas presses evenly, inevitably, inexorably, upon the visible pattern of U.S. defense, industry and life, including Southern motels (see cut). For the story of the man, Air Force Major General Ben A. Schriever, who has the responsibility of developing the ICBM as an operational weapon, see NATIONAL AFFAIRS, The Bird & the Watcher.

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