Feb 282016
 

A little snippet from a 1967 issue of Interavia magazine, showing the type of employee every high-tech facility needs.

“An official Lockheed Propulsion Corp. Portrait of Cat (Grade 1) Tiger guarding the microphone used for rocket motor count-downs. Tiger guards the master control complex against mice which formerly caused many thousands of dollars worth of damage by chewing instrumentation wiring.”

cat grade 1

When I worked at United Tech in California, there was the main plant, overrun with the Union, where things got done real, real slow (and where things getting done *wrong* led to the destruction of the place). But there was a small spur of the facility, RAT canyon (Research and Advanced Technology) which was not unionized; that’s where people tried to go if they had to get something done that was either crazy, sensitive or needed doing before the sun explodes. And RAT Canyon had a guardian, Fang. Fang was a big cat, bigger than Raedthinn, and all muscle. And he earned his name; mouth closed, his fangs stuck down below his upper lips by about 3/8″. His purpose was to control the varmints, and he did his job well. I’ve often wondered what happened to Fang when the facility folded; I hope that the manager of RAT Canyon, on his last day there, as he loaded his last box in his truck, scooped up Fang and took him to a new home. But who knows.

 Posted by at 8:36 pm
  • John Nowak

    When I went to the Air Force Museum’s restoration hangar, they had a resident falcon.

    I thought they were kidding the tourists with a stuffed bird, but no, I saw it turn its head.

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    • publiusr

      That piece may not all be a joke. There was a line–in Challenge to Apollo IIRC, about rats that found some Soviet wiring edible–and were also chewing through electronics.

      Then too there was the deal with horse manure in the lox pits from the Apogee book about the Atlas missile.