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B17 & NIKE Missile #12083287 06/10/17
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Re: B17 & NIKE Missile [Re: Muffin] #12084741 06/11/17
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Funny, but I would have expected an official film to have the aircraft accurately identified.

Interesting video. If that missile could carry a nuclear warhead it would indicate huge strides in decreasing nuclear warhead size in the preceding 10 years.


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Re: B17 & NIKE Missile [Re: Muffin] #12094154 06/16/17
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called it a B 29, but was actually a B 17...

watching one get hit like that and falling and burning is like watching someone wreck a nice 1955 Chevy....




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Re: B17 & NIKE Missile [Re: Muffin] #15407036 11/12/20
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Those were the days when all we worried about was mutually assured destruction!


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Re: B17 & NIKE Missile [Re: Muffin] #15407093 11/12/20
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That pyramid looking structure looked like the one at near Nekoma ND. That was a Nike base for about a day. Opened and then closed.

It’s size is daunting on the prairie.

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G5m: I was a real "Nike" missile nut when I was young (10'ish - 1957). I had a cool plastic model Nike in my bedroom and I begged my family to sign up for permission to tour the underground silos at the nearby Nike missile base where the Nike's stood ready. The Air Force advertised a "one time" local residents tour for people who lived near the base (near Renton, Washington) and my parents relented and signed us up.
It was very interesting and I tried to memorize everything I saw because cameras were NOT allowed.
The Air Force even treated us "neighbors" to a wonderful fried chicken lunch after the presentation and tour. I actually was allowed to "touch" a Nike missile then! At the Air Force presentation it was alluded to that the Nike missiles would fly through the Russian bombers thus neutralizing them.
Anyway years later after the Nike missile "protect America" shield program was ended and the bases and missiles removed it became common knowledge that the Nike missiles did NOT need to strike an approaching Russian bomber they just had to be within a 2 mile radius as the nuclear warheads they REALLY were carring could wipe out all bombers in that 2 mile radius!
If you look carefully in stop action at the linked to video it sure appears to me that the bomber in question blew up from an internal explosive in its wing.
I don't know I am no expert but I do remember when my family learned that the Air Force was hurling Nike's up above our homes that had nuclear (atomic?) warheads we were not pleased.
Can anyone clarify my contentions regarding the Nike missiles?
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There were 3 generations of Nike missiles - Nike Ajax, Nike Hercules, and Nike Zeus. The Ajax was conventional HE, the Hercules and Zeus could be armed with conventional high explosive or nuclear warheads. All were taken out of US service in mid 70s, some other countries kept them a little longer. I don't expect any nukes were live fired over US.

In the mid 80s I had an additional duty as the OIC of the ammunition storage area at FT Greely, I had one storage building that the sole occupant was a case of 10 Nike Hercules safe and arming devices for the nuclear version. Pain in the butt due to surety program and classification. They were hold over from an old storage test program, every time we tried to get rid of them the answer was "hold on to them pending possible foreign sale".

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