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A girl's guide to missiles : growing up in America's secret desert

Author: Karen Lynnea Piper
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The China Lake missile range in the Mojave Desert was created during the Second World War, and has always been shrouded in secrecy. But people who make missiles and other weapons are regular working people, with domestic routines and everyday dilemmas, and four of them were the Piper family. Her dad designed the Sidewinder. Once, when a missile nose needed to be taken offsite for final testing, her mother loaded it  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Anecdotes
Biography
Autobiographies
Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Piper, Karen.
Girl's guide to missiles.
New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018]
(DLC) 2018027674
Named Person: Karen Lynnea Piper; Earl Marwin Piper; Mary Dahlstrom Piper
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Lynnea Piper
ISBN: 9780399564543 0399564543
OCLC Number: 1030243760
Language Note: Text in English.
Description: x, 322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Becoming China Lakers --
A teenage weaponeer --
Dynamic instability --
The Cold War at home --
Anything can be a weapon --
Off target --
Life without weapons.
Other Titles: Growing up in America's secret desert
Responsibility: Karen Piper.

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The China Lake missile range in the Mojave Desert was created during the Second World War, and has always been shrouded in secrecy. But people who make missiles and other weapons are regular working people, with domestic routines and everyday dilemmas, and four of them were the Piper family. Her dad designed the Sidewinder. Once, when a missile nose needed to be taken offsite for final testing, her mother loaded it into the trunk of the family car, set off down a Los Angeles freeway, and even stopped off at the mall, leaving the missile in the parking lot. Piper's memoir also reaches back to her father's World War II flights with contraband across Europe.--

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