A Letter From The Publisher, Jan. 20, 1958

A GREAT deal of punditry has been written about the state of U.S. missilery, but usually without much firm underpinning of fact. To find out how the U.S. missile program is really faring. TIME assigned its top missile reporters to ferret out—in Washington, at Florida's Cape Canaveral test center, at manufacturing plants across the country—all the missile facts that can be printed without giving away national secrets. For a firmly underpinned countdown on the U.S.'s 38 metal-bird projects, see NATIONAL AFFAIRS, The U.S. Missile Program.

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