The United States Navy has gladdened the hearts of sputnik-conscious America by producing a successful test flight of the Polaris missile, years ahead of schedule.
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Background: The United States Navy has gladdened the hearts of sputnik-conscious America by producing a successful test flight of the Polaris missile, years ahead of schedule. It comes as welcome news to Americans, following the blow-back flights of several Army missiles.
The Polaris was originally scheduled for full production in 1962. Now, with successful test flights behind it, the date has been brought forward to late 1959.
This Lockheed weapon is 50 ft. long, 100 inches in diameter, is capable of delivering a one-thousand-pound atomic warhead a distance of 1,500 miles and is powered by solid fuel. The Navy says that no specially-trained technicians are needed to fire it.
Our film of the recent test, 55 miles off shore from Los Angeles, shows in SLOW MOTION what the Polaris looks like as it cascades from the sea and back again into waiting nets. It rose -- to schedule -- about 100 feet into the air and returned with a tremendous splash for further inspection and trials.