• Short Summary

    The first aerial test of the air-to-ground missile "Skybolt" took place January 12 in Wichita, Kansas, when a United States B-52 bomber took off with replicas of four of the new missiles under its wings.

  • Description

    The first aerial test of the air-to-ground missile "Skybolt" took place January 12 in Wichita, Kansas, when a United States B-52 bomber took off with replicas of four of the new missiles under its wings.

    Officials said that the plane - fully instrumented to check the stresses of the wing structures, the 30-foot dummy missiles and the pylons holding them under the wings - was in the air for five hours and cruised at various speeds and altitudes over Kansas and Oklahoma.

    When the actual "Skybolt" missiles become operational, early in 1964, they will extend the striking range of the American Strategic Air Command's B-52 more than 1,000 miles beyond its own considerable range of over ten thousand.

    Within 30 to 60 days, drop tests will take place to ascertain how the dummy missiles - exact in weight and dimensions but not nuclearly armed - behave in release and free fall.

    Britain will be buying the "Skybolt" from America when it becomes available. It is also designed for the Royal Air Force's Vulcan bomber and will replace the abandoned "Blue Streak" rocket.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA7RILM9QJ1TSX7823R634KRKH
    Media URN:
    VLVAA7RILM9QJ1TSX7823R634KRKH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/01/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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