Gen. Charles H. Terhune (1916-2006)
Charles H. Terhune earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in 1938, before joining the Army Air Corps. By 1940, he obtained his pilot wings and an Engineering degree from Caltech. Terhune participated in combat missions during World War II as a Fighter Group Executive Officer and was later promoted to Commander. From 1947-1952, he worked in various positions in Washington, DC involving military guided missile development.
From 1952-1960, Terhune was involved in Air Force installation of nuclear weapons in aircraft and guided missiles, and was instrumental in bringing intermediate range and intercontinental ballistic missiles to operational status.
In 1969, Terhune retired from military service with the rank of Lieutenant General, and became Manager of Administration at National Cash Register's Data Processing Division in San Diego, California. He became Deputy Director of JPL in July 1971, and served as Acting Director of JPL from July to October 1982. After he retired in 1983, the next Director of JPL, retired Air Force General Lew Allen, Jr., requested that he continue to serve JPL as a consultant. He chose to work in Advanced Technology and was instrumental in creating the Arroyo Center for the Army, which is now run by the RAND Corporation.
- Command and Control – Balloons to Satellites, Terhune, C. H., Jr., Commander ESD, Army Navy, Air Force Journal, 24 February 1962, p. 100.
- Where We're Heading in Command and Control, Editorial, Terhune, C. H., Jr., Data, March 1964, p. 5.
Writings Relating to Terhune
- Air Force General Will Supervise Industrial Relations, Division Planning, Patents and Public Relations, AF Times, October 1969, p. 33.
- Col. Terhune, 43, Named Vice Commander for AF's Ballistic Missile Division, Army Navy Air Force Journal, 30 May 1959, p. 1199.
- Commander of ESD Answers Questions for Data Readers, Data, March 1963, p. 9.
- Forecast, Schriever, B. A., Air University Review, March-April 1965, pp. 5 and 12.
- Harnessing the Genie: Science and Technology Forecasting for the Air Force, 1944-1986, Gorn, M. H., Office of Air Force History, 1988, pp. 98-99.
- A History of the Air Force Ballistic Missiles, Schwiebert, E. G., 1965, pp. 117-18.
- Interview, Zolot, H. M., Staff Historian, with Lt. Gen. (ret.) Charles H. Terhune, Jr., USAF, 27 September 1993.
- Interview, “Jet Propulsion Laboratory Experiences,” Hooks, M. Q., Archivist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, with Lt. Gen. (ret.) Charles H. Terhune, Jr., (USAF), 30 April 30 and 31 May 1990.
- JPL and the American Space Program: A History of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Koppes, C. R., 1982, p. 209.
- Lt. Gen. Charles H. Terhune, Jr., Biography, Office of Information, AFSC, 15 July 67.
- Maj. Gen. Charles Houston Terhune, Jr., Biographical Entry, DuPre, F. O., USAFR, US Air Force Biographical Dictionary, p. 231.
- Spacecraft and Missiles of the World 1962, Baar, J. and W. E. Howard, 1962, p. 60.
- US Defense Policy, US Air Force Doctrine and Strategic Nuclear Weapon Systems, 1958-1964 : The Case of the Minuteman ICBM, Dissertation, Reed, G. A., USAF, accepted by History Dept., Duke University, 1986, p. 55.
- What's New in AF V/STOL? Commander of ASD [Aeronautical Systems Division] Answers, Data, October 1965, p. 43.