American Defenders of Land, Sea & Sky
A New Era at Home and Abroad
   After World War II (1945-1958)

Launch 33, White Sands V2 Launching Site
We tested rockets.

Launch Complex 33
White Sands V2 Launching Site
White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico

   When the war was over in 1945, many scientists and engineers who had been part of Germany's V-2 rocket program came to the United States to work on peace time rocket development. America was able to learn more about rocket and launch technology from the past experience of Dr. Wernher Von Braun. In November, 1946, he directed the design of the Gantry Crane, a tall steel tower that held the V-2 rocket in place for take off.

  The success of the 67 rockets tested at White Sands between 1946 and 1951 would eventually lead to the American exploration of space and our first manned rocket to the moon in the 1960s!

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