A Titusville man’s career pre-dated the dawn of the space program, and his work was key in the United States’s showdown with Russia during the Cold War.
What You Need To Know
- Bob Graveline worked on the Snark missile program
- The missile was designed to strike Russia with a 6,000 range
- One of the few remaining Snark missiles is on display at the Air Force Space & Missile Museum
Now, 94-year-old Bob Graveline is sharing his story at the Air Force Space & Missile Museum in Cape Canaveral, which is growing in popularity.
“I was in the data reduction group,” Graveline said. “1950’s technology – I’d use that equipment to reduce the data on every Snark missile.”
Graveline fondly recalls his days with Northrup Corporation.
“I had to develop the mathematical formulas to simulate the calibration curves of each of the systems,” he explained.
The math whiz was transferred to Brevard County from California to work on the government’s Snark missile program – missiles that could carry nuclear warheads six thousand miles to their target.
“Because of the Cold War, we had to have a way to hit Moscow with an atomic bomb,” Graveline said.
The late 1950s and early 1960s were scary times for the worl, but fortunately, the missiles were never fired in anger.
Graveline worked on one hundred Snark launches and landings at the Cape.
“This is a hidden gem,” says James Draper, Air Force Space & Missile Museum Director at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. “Goes back 70 years, it dates to 1953 … A lot of the history we preserve and present predates NASA.”
Hangar C includes one of only five Snarks left in existence.
Graveline is a museum volunteer who loves sharing stories about the missile program as part of his tours.
“So, I think people would enjoy seeing what we have there, including the Snark,” Graveline said.
Telling stories of his history, for us to learn our history.
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