"No Man Walks Alone": The Life and Times of Thomas G. Pownall

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Mercer University Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 157 pages
Thomas G. Pownall was a mountaineer from a West Virginia hamlet of 700 souls. He rose to become CEO of Martin Marietta Corporation (now Lockheed-Martin Corporation) and was a dominant figure in the world of aerospace technology in the second half of the twentieth century. During this span American aviation progressed from a twenty-foot fuselage with a biplane effect to the most modern of faster-than- sound space vehicles, bringing with it a race to the moon. In all this, Thomas Pownall was at the center.
In the view of many, Pownall was the outstanding leader in the aerospace industry. This book includes a diagram featuring Pownall's epoch-making breakthroughs. More than sixty photographs demonstrate the range of his influence from photographing the surface of Mars, vacationing with astronaut Neil Armstrong and the pair's wives, to hanging around Bob Hope and President Ronald Reagan.
This is the story of the man from the mountains of West Virginia who took the world of aerospace and aviation by storm.
 

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Contents

No Man Walks Alone
1
Beginnings
12
Moorefield
21
The Tin Goose Young Tom Pownall Discovers the Miracle Of Flight
40
Marriage and Family
48
The Academies Mercersburg and Annapolis
60
The California Years
70
A Game Of Corporate Pacman
86
Vocation
115
A Pownall Portrait
127
The Final Flight
143
Index
153
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Cheatham is a communications professional retired from posts with The Coca-Cola Company, Union Carbide, and several advertising agencies.

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