The Military Wants One-Hour Global Delivery

The Military Wants One-Hour Global Delivery
(Malcolm Denemark/Florida Today via AP)

On June 8, 1959, the Navy launched a rocket carrying 3,000 letters from the submarine USS Barbero, floating off the coast of Florida. “Before man reaches the moon,” Postmaster General Arthur A. Summerfield predicted, “mail will be delivered within hours from New York to California, to England, to India or to Australia by guided missiles.”

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