In the course of planning a festival at an elementary school n Cincinnati, it occurred to the housewiver in charge that it might be interesting to display an actual rocket.
In the course of planning a festival at an elementary school n Cincinnati, it occurred to the housewiver in charge that it might be interesting to display an actual rocket.They borrowed one -- a Nike Hercules anti-aircraft missile -- from the Army.The Army agreed to deliver the missile and set it up -- but made one stipulation..the housewives had to clean the missile before it could be put on display.
After a trip from an army base in Maryland through a snowstorm, the missile arrived looking like something the cat dragged in.The housewives canvassed a number of local automobile washing establishments, but they seemed unwilling to tackle the job of cleaning a missile.So the housewives turned to it with mop, pail and scrub brush and washing it.
A spokesman said it was just like washing kitchen walls.
The missile was thirty five feet long, and weighed six tons.The school involved was the Westwood Elementary School, and the ladies were representing the Westwood Parent Teachers Association.The festival went off over the weekend of March 7 without a hitch.Everyone had a good time, the missile was much admired and the U.S.Army took delivery of one clean missile Monday morning.The Army said it would probably have to wash it again when it got the rocket back to headquarters.