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Nike Ajax Missile - Webster B. Harrison American Legion Post - Hancock MD
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member HaricotVert_52
N 39° 41.794 W 078° 09.756
17S E 743286 N 4397929
Quick Description: This Nike Ajax missile is on display with other military equipment in front of the Webster B. Harrison American Legion Post #26 in Hancock, MD.
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 10/4/2009 6:48:08 PM
Waymark Code: WM7CDJ
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
Views: 4

Long Description:
Project Nike was begun in 1944 to develop an anti-aircraft system to combat new jet aircraft capable of higher speeds and altitudes. The Nike system included tracking radar since a point and shoot system would not be able to keep up with high speed aircraft.
The first successful Nike test was in November 1951, and deployment started in 1953. During the 1950's, Nike missiles were organized into Defense Areas around population centers and potential strategic targets. With the deployment of ICBMs, the number of Nike installations was reduced in the 1960's.
The Nike Ajax missiles were replaced by the later Nike Hercules which were decommissioned under the 1972 SALT I treaty.

Nike Ajax
Length: 10.36 meters
Maximum Speed: Mach 2.25
Range: 40 km
Payload: 3 conventional warheads, no nuclear capability
Location restrictions:
On public display at the Post Headquarters along East Main Street in Hancock.


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