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|Guided Missiles and Rockets in 1957
After years of planning and
research, production of the Lacrosse finally began in
March. A surface-to-surface guided missile, its launcher
is mounted on an Army truck. A guidance station is used
in firing it.
On July 19, 1957, the U.S. Air
Force conducted a "live fire" test of its new
Genie missile, the first Air Force air-to-air missile to
carry a nuclear warhead. The rocket travelled 13,910 feet
in 4.5 seconds at an altitude of 18,500 feet before
detonating the 1.7 kt warhead. A group of five USAF
officers volunteered to stand hatless in their light
summer uniforms underneath the blast to prove that the
weapon was safe for use over populated areas.
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