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MIM-72 Chaparral Missiles - Athens, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hummerstation
N 34° 48.405 W 086° 58.199
16S E 502745 N 3851613
Quick Description: MIM-72 Chaparral Missiles displayed outside the Alabama Veterans Museum in Athens, AL.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 10/20/2013 5:52:51 PM
Waymark Code: WMJAPH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
Views: 1

Long Description:
There are two MIM-72 Chaparral Missiles on display. The MIM-72A missile was based on the AIM-9D Sidewinder. The main difference is that to reduce drag only two of the fins on the MIM-72A have rollerons, the other two having been replaced by non-moving thin fins. The MIM-72's MK 50 solid-fuel rocket motor was essentially identical to the MK 36 MOD 5 used in the AIM-9D Sidewinder. The MIM-72 missile is launched from the M48 fire unit, consisting of a M730 tracked vehicle fitted with an M54 missile launcher capable of holding four missiles ready to fire. The M48 carries an additional eight missiles stowed.
Type of Aircraft: (make/model): MIM-72 Chaparral Missiles

Tail Number: (S/N): None

Construction:: original aircraft

Location (park, airport, museum, etc.): Alabama Veterans Museum in Athens, AL

inside / outside: outside

Access restrictions:
The missile are displayed outside so they are accessible 24/7 but daylight hours would probably be best.


Other Information:: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Photo of aircraft (required - will be interesting to see if the aircraft is ever repainted or progress if being restored)
Photo of serial number (required unless there is not one or it is a replica)
Photo(s) of any artwork on the aircraft (optional but interesting)

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