10/24/2012 - Peterson AFB, Colo. -- As we celebrate Air Force Space Command's 30th Anniversary we recognize individuals who played a significant role in the history of the Air Force space and missile programs - our Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers ...
Col. (Dr.) Francis X. Kane (born December 12, 1918) became the fiftieth
inductee into the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Hall of Fame for
his lifetime contributions to the Air Force Space Program. Colonel Kane
was a pioneer in the development of a wide range of space programs and
systems. As the Air Force Systems Command chief for space and ballistic
missile planning under Gen. Bernard Schriever, Colonel Kane was a
principal leader in Project Forecast, the highly classified study during
1963-64 that contemplated USAF air, missile and space requirements for
the strategic environment of 1975. Hypersonic flight was one of the many
future-changing concepts that came from that effort. As program manager
for the nascent Air Force navigation satellite program during the late
1960s, his leadership contributed significantly to the NAVSTAR Global
Positioning System that emerged after his retirement.