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Nike Zeus Missile - US Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 34° 42.630 W 086° 39.350
16S E 531516 N 3840993
Quick Description: A Nike Zeus Missile on static display outside of the Main Exhibit Building at the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville AL
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 10/27/2017 12:13:30 PM
Waymark Code: WMWXV5
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 Nike Zeus Missile is located near the Space Shot ride.

An interpretive sign reads as follows:

"US ARMY NIKE ZEUS

The Nike Zeus was a third-generation of the Nike family of missiles. It was designed to provide a flexible, high level defense against the complete spectrum of contemporary ballistic missile threats, and to be deployed to defend prime areas. Various elements of the system were so balanced the targets could be intercepted successfully at altitudes up to 152,400m (500,000 ft) and at ground ranges out to 140km (75 nautical miles).

The Nike Zeus system was never deployed tactically because, by 1963, the rapid evolution of the ballistic missile threat made it necessary to redirect development to the more advanced Nike-X System.

The Nike Zeus is no longer a part of the Army’s inventory.

Length: 15.3 m

Weight: 10,980 kg

Payload: 221 kg

Prime Contractor: Western Electric Company"
Type of Aircraft: (make/model): Nike Zeus 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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