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Bernard Schriever: Introduction (01:28)


Schriever was born in Germany and immigrated to Texas with his family. He graduated Texas A&M in 1931 and joined the army. After WII, he directed the ballistic missile program and the Air Force's initial space program.

Schriever's Early Years (02:26)

Schriever was born in Germany in 1910 and immigrated to the U.S. at age seven; his father died in 1918. He graduated from college in 1931, flight school in 1932, and became 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve. He was assigned to bombers

Civilian and Military Roles (02:33)

Schriever became Commander of Civilian Conservation Corps camps, returned to active duty in 1936, and reverted to inactive reserve in 1937; he recalls golfing with Hap Arnold. He re-entered the Army Air Corps in 1938, became a test pilot one year later, and attended Harvard University.

WWII and Post War Assignments (04:26)

Schriever flew 38 combat missions with the 19th Bomb Group and promoted to colonel by war's end. He became Chief of the Scientific Liaison Section and worked with Theodore von Kármán. Schriever created Development Planning Objectives and set up a "tea pot committee" with Trevor Gardner.

ICBM Program (02:25)

Schriever became the commander of the Western Division of Air Research Development Command. He developed a government/industry partnership which birthed systems engineering electronics.

Weapons Acquisition (02:12)

Schriever and Simon Ramo took a parallel approach to systems engineering. The launch of Sputnik secured funding for the ICBM Program. Schriever recalls early ICBM failures and the success of Minuteman.

Managing Military Science (02:32)

Schriever was promoted to Lieutenant General and named Commander of the Air Research and Development Command. He introduced the concept of concurrency but faced opposition from Gen. Samuel Anderson. Gen. Thomas D. White established Air Force Systems Command and Air Force Logistic Command; Schriever head systems command.

Schriever's Later Career (04:42)

Schriever became frustrated with McNamara's modus operandi. Experts discuss Project Forecast. Schriever retired in 1966 and became a consultant on systems engineering. In 1998, Falcon Air Force Base was renamed Schriever Air Force Base.

Credits: Legends of Air Power: Bernard Schriever (00:33)

Credits: Legends of Air Power: Bernard Schriever

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General Bernard Adolf Schriever – Developer of America’s ballistic missile program and the Air Force’s initial space program, he joined the Army in 1931 after graduating from Texas A&M University. Schriever was trained to fly in Texas in the early 1930s and served in the 19th Bomb Group in the Southwest Pacific in the summer of 1942. – Bernard Schriever -General Schriever was the father of missiles and space in the Air Force – from the Thor to the Minuteman missiles. He gave his all for the space race. General Schriever is a true Legend of Airpower.

Length: 24 minutes

Item#: BVL129007

ISBN: 978-1-64023-374-4

Copyright date: ©1999

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