Thursday, February 25, 2010
missileer \ˌmi-sə-ˈlir\ noun: one engaged in designing, building or operating guided missiles; missileman
Etymology: English missil- (from missile) + -eer one that is concerned with professionally
Neil Sheehan’s A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon (2009) follows the U.S. Air Force’s race with the Soviet Union to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles in the 1950s. It’s an engaging page-turner.