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