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    The United States Air Missile Test Centre, Point Mugu, launched the first of its Regulus 11 guided missiles beginning a new phase in the evaluation of the giant bird and bringing it closer to operational status with the U.

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    The United States Air Missile Test Centre, Point Mugu, launched the first of its Regulus 11 guided missiles beginning a new phase in the evaluation of the giant bird and bringing it closer to operational status with the U.S. Fleet. The launching took place at 8.30 a.m. today, Thursday June 5th.

    The supersonic missile, with an assist from a single JATO unit, took off from the Naval Air Missile Test Centre launching pad, flew out to sea, turned back to the mainland and, following a preset course avoiding areas of habitation continued inland to Antelope Dry Lake, Nevada, where it was landed. The Regulus 11 is a recoverable missile and may be flown many times, thereby saving millions of tax dollars.

    Ten F8U Crusader jets, acting as "chase" planes, accompanied Regulus 11 throughout its flight.

    Regulus 11 is intended for use aboard the Navy's new submarines Grayback and Growler which are already in operation, and aboard the nuclear submarine Halibut, due to be launched this autumn at Mare Island where it is now under construction. Another nuclear submarine, scheduled in the Navy's 1959 budget will also carry the Regulus 11 as will the cruiser USS Long Beach.

    Regulus 11 is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and can attain a speed faster than mach 2 (twice the speed of sound which is 1300 miles per hour at sea level). The missile has a range of over 1,000 miles and can operate at altitudes in excess of, 60,000 feet.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA85PP5P61T7FIDA5BT96HLSBXE
    Media URN:
    VLVA85PP5P61T7FIDA5BT96HLSBXE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/06/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:09:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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