Phillips, Samuel C. (Samuel Cochran), 1921-1990

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1921-02-19
Death 1990-01-31
English

Biographical notes:

U.S. Air Force officer, space agency official, intelligence agency director, and defense industry executive.

From the description of Samuel C. Phillips papers, 1929-1990 (bulk 1958-1989). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71072474

Samuel C. Phillips (b. 1921, Springerville, Ariz.-d. Jan. 31, 1990), U.S. Air Force officer, was commissioned in the Infantry after completing Reserve Officers Training and graduating from university with a degree in electrical engineering in 1942. He then transferred to active service in the Army Air Corps and earned his pilot wings. During World War II he served with the 364th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force, in England, and completed two combat tours of duty in the European Theater of Operations. After the War he was assigned to European Theater HQ in Frankfurt, Germany. During the 1950s he served in a number of key research and development assignments, and in 1956 returned to England to serve with the 7th Air Division of the Strategic Air Command. He also served as director, Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program. From 1964 to 1969 he was director, Apollo Manned Lunar Landing Program at NASA, for which contributions he was awarded the Smithsonian Institution's Langley Medal. He retired in 1975.

From the description of Phillips, Samuel C. (Samuel Cochrane), 1921-1990 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10574735

Phillips was Deputy Director of the Apollo Program.

From the description of Ranger 8 Aim Point : memo to Oran W. Nicks, NASA Director of Lunar and Planetary Programs, 1964 Oct 16. (Jet Propulsion Laboratory Library and Archives). WorldCat record id: 733098969

Biographical Note

  • 1921, Feb. 19: Born, Springerville, Ariz.
  • 1942: B.S., University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo. Married Betty Anne Brown Pilot trainee, United States Army Air Corps flying school
  • 1943 - 1945 : Pilot, United States Army Air Corps, England
  • 1945 - 1947 : Military officer, European theater headquarters, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1947 - 1948 : Operations director, Langley Air Force Base, Va.
  • 1950: M.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • 1950 - 1951 : Guided missile research and development project engineer, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio)
  • 1951: Electronics officer, joint task group 342, Operation Greenhouse atomic weapons tests, Eniwetok atoll
  • 1952: Chief, bomber defense branch, Armament Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio)
  • 1952 - 1954 : Assistant chief and chief of operations, Armament Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio)
  • 1954 - 1955 : Chief, B-52 weapon system project office, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio)
  • 1955: Chief, bombardment aircraft division, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio)
  • 1955 - 1956 : Chief, fighter missiles and drones division, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio)
  • 1957 - 1959 : Logistics chief and materiel director, United States Air Force Strategic Air Command, England
  • 1959 - 1963 : Director, Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile program, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1963: LL.D., University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo.
  • 1963 - 1964 : Vice commander, ballistic systems division, Norton Air Force Base (Calif.)
  • 1964: Deputy director, Project Apollo (U.S.), manned lunar landing program, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, D. C.
  • 1964 - 1969 : Director, Project Apollo (U.S.), manned lunar landing program, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, D. C.
  • 1969 - 1972 : Commander, Space and Missile Systems Organization (U.S.), Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1972 - 1973 : Director, United States National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade (Md.)
  • 1973 - 1975 : Commander, United States Air Force Systems Command, Andrews Air Force Base (Md.)
  • 1975 - 1976 : Vice president and general manager, Energy Systems Management Division, TRW Inc., El Segundo, Calif.
  • 1976 - 1983 : Vice president and general manager, Energy Products Group, TRW Inc., El Segundo, Calif.
  • 1978 - 1979 : Consultant, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • 1980: Member, National Aeronautics and Space Administration transition team, Office of the President-Elect
  • 1984 - 1986 : Vice president, Defense Systems Group, TRW Inc., Redondo Beach, Calif.
  • 1984 - 1987 : Member, Titan III independent review panel
  • 1986 - 1989 : Member, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Management Study Group, National Academy of Public Administration
  • 1987: Member, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Advisory Council
  • 1987 - 1988 : Member, strategic defense management review panel
  • 1990, Jan. 31: Died, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.

From the guide to the Samuel C. Phillips Papers, 1929-1990, (bulk 1958-1989), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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Subjects:

  • Defense contracts--United States
  • Intercontinental ballistic missiles
  • Military weapons
  • Ballistic missile defenses
  • Rockets (Aeronautics)
  • Particle accelerators
  • Defense industries--United States
  • Minuteman (Missile)
  • Superconducting Super Collider
  • Defense contracts
  • Ballistics--Research
  • Cold War
  • Military weapons--Research
  • Ballistics
  • Launch vehicles (Astronautics)
  • Strategic Defense Initiative
  • Space race
  • Nuclear arms control
  • Nuclear weapons--Testing
  • Space flight to the moon
  • Space race--United States
  • Lunar landing sites
  • Particles (Nuclear physics)
  • Ranger 7 lunar probe:
  • Defense industries
  • Space race--Soviet Union

Occupations:

  • Airforce officers
  • Executives
  • Public officials

Places:

  • Soviet Union (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Moon (as recorded)
  • Moon (as recorded)