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US Army Hermes Missile - US Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 34° 42.609 W 086° 39.354
16S E 531509 N 3840954
Quick Description: A Hermes Missile on static display outside of the Main Exhibit Building at the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville AL
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 10/26/2017 1:49:39 PM
Waymark Code: WMWXM8
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
Views: 1

Long Description:
There are dozens of rockets, missiles, missile launchers, and other aircraft on static display outside of the Main Exhibit Building at the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL.

The waymarked Hermes missile is located near other missiles by the Space Shot ride.

An interpretive sign reads as follows:

"US ARMY HERMES

The Hermes program began in 1945 as part of the US Army’s project of research and development of defense missile systems. The technology developed from this project led to the creation of long-range surface to surface and high altitude defense missiles. The Hermes missile was designed to carry a heavy warhead to a range of 38 miles.

In 1947, the Army added the BUMPER program to the Hermes project. This effort resulted in new distance, altitude and velocity records, placing the Army “in the forefront of the nation’s budding space program.” In 1949, Army scientists under the direction of Dr. Werner Von Braun fired a BUMPER round from White Sands proving ground, “achieving the first penetration of space by a US missile.”

The Hermes is no longer in the Army’s inventory.

Length: 25ft

Weight: 6630 lbs.

Range: 38 mi

Velocity: 1850 mph

Thrust: 13,500

Prime Contractor: General Electric Company"
Type of Aircraft: (make/model): Hermes Missile

Construction:: original aircraft

Location (park, airport, museum, etc.): US Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville AL

inside / outside: outside

Access restrictions:
Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.


Tail Number: (S/N): Not listed

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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