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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 6, June 1956 - File 035. 1956-06. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 28, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/139/show/104.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 6, June 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date June 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Title File 035
Transcript snea* ranges in New Mexico have proved that their downward path can be charted vv ith slide rule accuracy. Wary citizens in Nike-protected areas hope that the army's slide rules are as accu- r"te as thev claim. As a further safety measure, the tony, in conjunction with manufacturers' engineers, is conducting secret 'csts at present to develop a self- destroying booster unit that will dis- tategrate in midair, thus eliminating 'he necessity of acquiring and maintaining the dispersal areas. Initial tests are said to have been highlv successful. A toil missile commander, at the judication of a site near Smithfield, -'- told visitors that the onlv danger Posed to those on the ground would jje from "Nike-disintegrated aircraft." fe pointed out that in such emergency residents would either have een evacuated by civil defense 0rC'es, or would have gone under- ^".""'<1 in bombproof shelters. .There was an incident at Fort , ''"de in which a missile was acc-i- ..cntally touched off. It plunged onto i e usually heavily-traveled highway etwee, Washington and Baltimore, '"tuiiatelv. this mishap was without |-"""s consequences. The traffic was /''t; and, army officials point out, |i''t a highly secret device prevents 0 touchy warhead from exploding *<*pt when in legitimate flight. Army spokesmen are quick te> as- iJ fall kH i dutn al Pfj arrrryjl at pr"c \, e that Xike missiles will never be fired deliberately from the local defense sites unless the United States is under actual enemy attack. Only dry- run firings ancl on-the-job training in maintenance, repair and operation of the weapons system are given on the operational sites, they say. Initial training for guided missile personnel is given at the First Guided Missile- Brigade, and the Anti-Aircraft eind Guided Missile School, Fort Bliss, Texas. After training in specialized courses the men are trained as a "package" and moved to on-site locations. This training period covers approximately one year for some specialists. Annual live practice firings are conducted on isolated, permanent Nike target ranges in New Mexico which are closely guarded from unauthorized eyes. Recently, Nike was subjected to an exhaustive sub-Arctic test near Churchill, Manitoba, on the western shore of Hudson Bay, by Canadian artillery and engineer personnel. Canadian army headquarters reported that the missile will operate successfully in the most severe weather conditions. The army said that the northern tests we're aimed at determining Nike's performance in low temperatures, and whether it would require modification under such conditions. It is believed that Nike sites will eventually be established in both Canada and Aleiksa. Fears have been expressed by persons living in the shadow of such sites that the highly explosive warheads and the volatile fuels, utilized to power the rocket, constitute an ever- present danger. The army denies this. Rigid safety precautions, it is pointed out, are taken for storage of the weapons and fuel in concrete vaults, deep underground. Residents in the surrounding areas are in no danger, say army district engineers, who have been given the responsibility of setting up sites. The rocket is powered xvith a liquid fuel that necessitates its handlers wearing acid-proof, rubberized suits and special deep-sea, diver-type helmets that make the men look like visitors from outer space. Men on Nike sites are conscious of job responsibility. Reing forever watchful, forever alert for something that may never come, can be dreary monotony. These men knoxv, however, that a momentary distraction could mean a city destroyed, a vital defense area wiped out xvith a hydrogen bomb. Although married men in the anti- aircraft units arc allowed to live "off the post" with their families, and usually find accommodations in nearby communities, Nike installations are self-contained "cities," with the soldiers eating, sleeping and working around the clock, seven days a week. In the early days of Nike, army engineers cleared many photographs for publication in newspapers and magazines. No new photographs — (Continued on Page 64) * typical "Nike wh "est - where enemy «>I s °re "light ' "^lleet" in the tny<" net. Lock- s"°<:cr beams in- %'* """ P°,hs °* "id its p,ey will jC,°K ot a pre- et«rmined point. I - , s Foiu-m News, June, 1956 Page 33
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