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Nike Hercules

     This was the second generation air-defense missile system for the U.S. It was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and blasting whole formations of aircraft out of the air. In testing it successfully intercepted short range ballistic missiles. U.S. Army

  • Length: 41 feet
  • Diameter: 31.5 inches
  • Weight: 10,000 pounds
  • Range: Greater than 75 miles
  • Altitude: 30 miles
  • First Firing: 1955

See Nike Hercules Action Photos!