By Rick Bass

In November, numerous households throughout Texas head out for the yearly deer hunt, a ritual that spans generations, ethnicities, socioeconomics, and gender as possibly no different cultural event within the nation. Rick Bass's kinfolk has lower back to an identical hardscrabble piece of land within the Hill Country—"the Deer Pasture"—for greater than seventy-five years. In A Thousand Deer, Bass walks the Deer Pasture back in reminiscence and tales, tallying up what searching there has taught him approximately our desire for wildness and desolate tract, approximately cycles in nature and within the lifetime of a relatives, and especially approximately how vital it's for kids to reside within the ordinary world.

The arc of A Thousand Deer spans from Bass's boyhood within the suburbs of Houston, the place he hunted for something rank or fecund within the little oxbow swamps and wallet of woods alongside Buffalo Bayou, to his dedication to offering his little ones in Montana a similar opportunity—a lifestyles afield—that his mom and dad gave him in Texas. unavoidably this brings him again to the Deer Pasture and the passing of seasons and generations he has skilled there. Bass lyrically describes his personal passage from younger manhood, while the urge to seek used to be whatever primal, to mature maturity and the waning of the urge to take an animal, his dedication to the quest evolving right into a dedication to relations and to the final wild locations.

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22 The Missile Gap and Space Reconnaissance Despite the success of the U-2 and A-12/SR-71, the days of manned reconnaissance over the Soviet Union were numbered. The crisis that resulted from the downing of Francis Gary Powers’s U-2 in May 1960 both led to an end to overflights of the Soviet Union (though not of other countries) and gave impetus to space reconnaissance. Reconnaissance from space would, in turn, give the United States a much more accurate picture of the Soviet intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program.

If the Soviets could put a satellite into orbit, they could also hurl a nuclear warhead towards the United States. In November 1957 the Gaither Committee Report concluded that by 1959 the Soviet Union might have the ability to launch an ICBM attack against the United States. The group, which consisted of leading scientists, businessmen, and military experts under the leadership of H. S. early warning systems, acceleration of ballistic missile and active and passive defense programs. In fact, concern over the Soviet bomber threat had already led SAC to institute procedures to allow its bombers to take off quickly on warning of attack.

One idea was to equip the bomber with a pilotless drone to fight off enemy interceptors. Another was to outfit the bomber with a manned parasite—the XF-85 Goblin—that would ride in one of the B-36’s bomb bays. Later, Republic adapted its F-84 Thunderjet to fit under the bomber’s belly. 63 None of these schemes was ever put into effect, however. The Air Force experimented with a number of novel follow-on aircraft designs. Perhaps the best known was the Northrop YB-49 flying wing, originally designed as a propeller-driven aircraft.

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