Tag "missiles"
HOW TO HIT A SUPERSONIC MISSILE in flight? (Jul, 1954)

I’m not certain, but I’d guess that if the question is “How do you shoot down a missile going 1,200 miles per hour with a gun, in 1954?” the answer is: you don’t.


An enemy guided missile comes winging towards our task force … at speeds of up to 20 miles a minute. What kind of computer can predict and compute the necessary data fast enough to shoot down the missile… and be reliable every time? That was the problem posed to Ford Instrument Company engineers… and in cooperation with the Navy, they found the answer. Compact equipment, housed in easy-to-service units… that stand at the front line of our defense.

One-Man Antitank Missile (Jul, 1962)

One-Man Antitank Missile

Compact enough for the ordinary infantryman to carry into battle on his back, an antitank-missile system is simple enough for a nonspecialist to operate and powerful enough to destroy any tank.

The 44-pound missile assembly (bottom) is easy to set up and ready to fire at all times. The operator (top), using a six-pound sight controller, can change the missile’s direction with a thumb-tip control.

How to Know Your Guided Missiles (Mar, 1950)

How to Know Your Guided Missiles

U.S. GUIDED missiles have been given a new designation scheme by the Research and Development Board. With this system the RDB indicated the development of two interesting new types of missile: air-borne projectiles fired from beneath the ocean against ships, and similar ones directed against aerial targets.

Kitchen Catch-All / Swiss Radar Rocket (Feb, 1952)

Kitchen Catch-All / Swiss Radar Rocket

MODERN apartments which seem to shrink in size constantly have created a demand for more compact furniture. One of the results of this demand is a cabinet (right) to hold kitchen utensils and accessories, shown at the Modern Living Exposition held in Chicago. Bonnie Schuham smiles her approval of the unit.



UNCLE SAM’S missile arsenal is contained in this plastic kit made by Monogram Models, Inc., of Chicago. The display boasts 31 molded plastic missile models, covering the full range of current U.S. armament. The 3/32-in. scale models are all clearly labeled and you get a 32-page Know Your Missiles booklet with $2.98 kit.


Anti-Ballistic Missiles that can hit their targets with a high probability have proven very difficult to produce. While we’ve had some success with intercepting medium range missiles, taking down ICBMs has been much harder. Bonus: check out this crazy video of a kill vehicle guidance and tracking being tested.

Related: The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, complete with cutting edge, 3-D drop shadow technology.


A rocket expert looks at our chances of withstanding a missile invasion.


SOMEBODY said recently that he would not be surprised if the AAF were researching itself out of business, at least as far as flying personnel is concerned. This somewhat surprising statement was based on the fact that a good number of the research projects which have been made known are aimed at high-velocity flight, either true supersonic flight or something close to it. Most of this fast flying would necessarily take place at very high altitudes where there is not too much air to interfere. And since the ramjet, the rocket and the rocket airplane can be improved more than the pilot, the pilotless missile is bound to be the final result in many cases.

These Missiles Won’t Miss (Sep, 1947)

These Missiles Won’t Miss

MISSILES that lunge across the sky faster than the eye can follow— that turn and dive and adjust their courses unerringly toward the target— are being developed by the Naval Air Modification Unit, Johnsville, Pa., under the command of Rear Admiral D. Royce, USN. Accompanying these eerie, remotely controlled flights is a passenger that’s almost human—a camera recovery unit that not only makes a photographic record of flight instruments but releases itself pyrotechnically, parachutes to the water, opens a float and spreads dye to mark its position.

Flying Missiles CAN Be Stopped! (Oct, 1949)

As opposed to the walking kind?

Also, henceforth I am going to use the spelling “computor”.

By the way, if you’re at all interested, this army training video detailing how an mechanical fire control computer works is amazing.

Flying Missiles CAN Be Stopped!

Here is a sure-fire plan to down supersonic rockets like ducks—and wipe out the terror of sneak attacks.

By Frank Tinsley

HITLER was right when he ranted about the fearful havoc a “secret weapon” would wreak on his enemies. His V-2 rockets unleashed such terror on battered Britain that they nearly won the war—for the Nazis. For there was absolutely no defense against these mighty 3500-mph missiles—and no way to tell when—or where—they would strike next.

Tomorrow’s Missiles Take Off (Oct, 1947)

Tomorrow’s Missiles Take Off
TOMORROW’S Navy will be ready to fight with weapons as deadly accurate as William Tell’s arrow. Successors to the carronade and Dahlgren gun are such characters as Little Joe and the Gargoyle. Some are guided missiles, some are planes, some are power-packages. All fly regularly out over the Pacific from the Navy’s Air Missile Test Center at Point Mugu, Calif. Each run is tracked by radar and telemetering devices. Some units are preset, unalterable once flight commences. Others, with their own radar to detect and steer for the target, are fiendishly accurate. Command-system missiles are usually radio-controlled; course-seeking missiles are directed by light beams or radio energy.