Full record for space patrol n.

Definition a military or police force operating in space.
OED requirements antedating 1931
Earliest cite Robert Baldwin. LETTER 'Heroes too Heroic?"
Comment Rick Hauptmann submitted a 1940 cite from Jack Williamson's "Hindsight".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from Otto Binder in "Captain Marvel Adventures".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1942 cite from Wilbur S. Peacock's "The Thing of Venus".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1949 cite from John Douglas's "Futura" in Planet Comics. Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite from Len Dodson's "Star Pirate" in Planet Comics.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1951 reprint of John Berryman's "Space Rating" which Mike Christie verified in its 1939 first publication in Astounding.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1982 cite from a reprint of Jack Vance's "The World Thinker" which Mike Christie verified in its 1945 first publication in Thrilling Wonder Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1983 reprint of P. Schuyler Miller's "Old Man Mulligan" which Mike Christie verified in its 1940 first publication in Astounding.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1948 cite from editorial material in Planet Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1951 reprint of Donald Wandrei's "Finality Unlimited" which Mike Christie verified in its 1936 first publication in Astounding.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1932 cite from "The Space Rover" by Edwin K. Sloat
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from the Project Gutenberg text of Astounding Stories, July, 1931: and it has been verified from page images of the original print publication (in a letter from Robert Baldwin in that issue)

Note:Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1960s reprint of Neil R. Jones's 1935 story "Space War", but this only referred to a patrol in space, rather than an organization that sends out such patrols

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Citations for space patrol n.

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1936 Astounding Stories Sept. 31/2 His master, Pilot Venn of the Space Patrol, ruffled the Kotoley's head.
1939 J. Berryman Space Rating in Astounding Stories Oct. 55/2 At Hawley's smiling nod, Riggs picked up the thick, blue-bound volume prepared by the scientists of the Space Patrol for classroom use, and riffled its pages before finding his place.
1940 J. Williamson Hindsight in Astounding Sci. Fiction May 105/2 The rebel ship was overtaken and destroyed by the space patrol, just a few hours ago.
1940 P. S. Miller Old Man Mulligan in Astounding Stories Dec. 32/1 What it boiled down to was that the Space Patrol had been given a going-over by a cocky girl and a doddering old man.
1942 W. S. Peacock Planet Stories in Planet Stories Spring 79/2 He saluted gravely, as he had done years before. Then, the cigarette canted in firm lips, he went forward—a Captain in the Space Patrol moving forward, never backward, facing danger as tradition demanded.
1945 J. Vance World-Thinker in Thrilling Wonder Stories Summer 39/1 Lanarck stood silent and grim. The girl must be either a fool or very desperate. This was a hostile space she was entering. In another day or so she'd be slicing the fringe of the Clantlalan System, where the far-flung space patrol of that dark and inimical empire blasted without warning all approaching vessels.
1946 O. Binder Adventure in Space in Captain Marvel Adventures Oct. 37/1 Jon Jarl was on his way to Mars, in a small, sleek space ship. He was Lieutenant Jon Jarl, of the Space Patrol, the police of 2261 A.D. It was his duty to cruise the space-lanes between Earth and Mars, along the same routes followed by the giant space liners and cargo rockets.
1948 Planet Stories Spring 1 Exciting entertainments, these telecasts of dashing pirates, gorgeous victims and the always stupid Space Patrol, but Jeff Thorne, famed Derelict of Mars, was grimly bent on stopping them—in all their ghastly reality!
1949 J. Douglas Futura in Planet Comics Jan. 13 Futura!‥we are old acquaintances, remember? Come‥I am taking you to the space patrol!
1967 N.R. Jones Space War in Space War 91 He waited patiently for the time when he would be sent out with a space patrol.