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Old 22-02-2010, 01:23
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Default A Rocket from Terry.

For around 25 years and more I have owned a small collection of USAF photographs of various types of rockets!!

They were given to me by an ex-Commander in the RN whose name I have sadly forgotten!

All I can remember is that he said they were extremely rare and when he got them they were "highly sensitive!"

They date I would guess from around the mid-1960s. The quality of these pictures are extremely good but unfortunately they appear all to be unidentified.

I dont know if they will generate any interest but here goes with a couple for you lucky people!
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Old 22-02-2010, 01:44
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Sorry Terry

The only thing that I know about missiles is that they go whoosh and disappear over the horizon at a rapid rate of knots.

Well, I never said that I was a rocket scientist!!!!!!!

Good pictures though, especially the first one.

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Old 22-02-2010, 02:15
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Thanks Dave - I must admit they have never come high on my list of interests either.

However as you noticed they are really top quality photographs which might well be of historical value to some of our members - especially from our American friends.


I have others which seem to be of a variety of even larger brutes!!
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Im no Rocket Scientist either,but I think the first photo could be an early prototype of the Regulus guided missile that was developed for the USN in the mid 50's. The one in the photo looks to have only one booster slung underneath, while the operational ones had two.

I could be compleatly wrong on this, but a few months ago I was reading an article about Regulus in Air & Space magazine.

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Old 22-02-2010, 02:39
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You could well be right my friend.

This one here sort of reminds me a bit of the THOR or was it the TITAN III rocket??

Anyway I have about 10 more of possibly even larger examples/brutes of which I might email to any interested members unless there is widespread clamouring for some more here.

Breathtaking quality though!!
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Now...I like that one. Great quality.

I told you that they went whoosh......
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Old 22-02-2010, 03:14
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Thanks Dave - it is no exaggeration to say that the others contain some that are even more spectacular!
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Terry

Do you know if these were experimental for the space programme of for the military? I'm talking about the last one.
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Old 22-02-2010, 04:33
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Hi Terry and all -- those photos are early US Air Force missiles the vertical I believe is an early version of the Atlas, and the cell-launch is either a Mace or Matador. More likely Mace.

My father, and Air Force Colonel, was involved in the early missile work for awhile, and would love to see these old shots.

If you would, Terry, I would love to have copies of those. Between me and my dad, if he's interested (at 86 who knows.. ) we can probably identify these well enough to caption and provide you with the captions if you want to post them at a later time.

Neat stuff!

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Old 22-02-2010, 05:22
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Hi my friend it would be a pleasure to let you and your father have a copy of all of them.

What I will do is wait a day or so to see if there are anymore requests to see the other 10 or so I have. If there are I will post them for all to see.

If it turns out it is just you who wants to see them then they will be emailed to you within a few days.

Hope that is fine with you.
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Ok........brain picking time..............on Type 14 without big gun to go "bang", we had some sort of rocket firing Gizmo to fire window........think KEPPEL only fired hers the once, for the life of me can't recall what it was called. Any suggestions?
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Scurs is that window' as in 'chaff' mate? crossed barrels etc Little h
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Those are fabulous pictures! I want to see them all!
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Terry,

The first picture is a Martin TM-76 Mace tactical missile launched from a hardened shelter at Cape Canaveral. The second picture I think is an Atlas One missile at either Cape Canaveral or Vandenburg AFB.

I am still working on comparing the final picture with others in my collection, I think it is also an Atlas but with a different front end. Possibly a later version. If I found out anything further I will update later.


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Old 22-02-2010, 16:27
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Thanks Doc --

I grew up on Air Force bases and have seen all those missiles as "Gate Guards" and the like. Seldom got to see anything in action! At least my memory hasn't failed me on the types. Those were the days...Mace, Matador, Bomarc, Nike versions, all these big babies sitting around on secret bases, etc. Every kid I knew had to have a model of them if any were about.

There operational times were short, but they were impressive products of the military-industrial complex.

Many years later while in nuclear weapons school, I got to see inert versions of the nuclear warheads for most of these missiles. Nice that we never had to use any of them.

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Well done Don on putting us right. There is a great collection of old missiles at Naval Air Station Point Magu, North of LA. you can see them if you take Highway 1.

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Great Photos Terry,

Thanks for posting them.

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Old 23-02-2010, 02:57
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Sounds like Doc has the inside track on identifying those missiles. That's what I love about this forum...there's always and expert out there somewhere who has the scoop! If Terry posts the rest, we'll have some good ID on them.

Trevalgan---have seen the Point Magu stuff, but only in photos. Never managed to get there!

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I have a feeling that all the photos were taken at Cape Canaveral.

Wasn`t there a TITAN III Division based there at a part of the base known as the USAF Eastern Test Range or something - probably connected with the adjacent Patrick US Air Force Base??


anyway here is the next photo for your enjoyment - moving up a little in size I think!
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This photo in fact does have some faint type on the back - all I can make out is that it was used to carry the first man in space and is dated 1961.

Also it is stamped RESTRICTED but I guess that is no longer the case!!


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Old 23-02-2010, 19:05
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Hi Terry.That would have been Alan Sheperd,in the MURCURY programme.Can't remember the name of the booster rocket though.....Regards Steve.
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Nice pictures sir. I would love to see the rest of them. My late brother worked at White Sands while in the Army.
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Why thank you Jim. You will get to see the rest of them as I have been amazed at the interest shown in these photos both in this thread and by PM and email.

Next installment.
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10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-ignition-takeoff!!!
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Stunning photo's Terry, hope you've got more.

Looks just like my backyard on bonfire night!


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