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particularly aerial shots — are being
cleared. Security measures are being
tightened. The sites are "off limits" to
Although described as a "backyard"
defense, Nike is far from an inexpensive weapon. Army spokesmen estimate that land (approximately 50
acres per battery) and construction
for a site costs, on the average, one
million dollars. And that does not include the cost of the missile, estimated
unofficially at between $20,000 and
The entire program is so extensive
that it will take several more years to
complete, and vvill cost upward of one
billion dollars. Extensive and expensive are the words for Nike.
Considered one of the prime targets
for enemy bombs — for the material
damage as well as for the demoralizing psychological effect it would have
on the populace — is the vital I lamp-
ton Roads Defense Command, which
embraces Norfolk, Portsmouth and
Newport News, Virginia. With 72 individual missile-firing ramps ringing
the area, it is one of the most powerful concentrations of defensive power
in the nation, costing more than six
This potent ring of air defense
guards the strategic Naval Supply
Center and Naval Air Station at Norfolk (also the largest population center in the state), the headquarters for
the Eastern Air Defense Command at
Langley Air Force Base at Hampton,
the naval ship repair yard at Portsmouth, and the private shipbuilding
facilities at Newport News, where the
navy's newest air-carrier, USS Forres-
tal, recently underwent construction.
A colonel in the army district engineers at Norfolk stated recently that
all of these installations, firing in unison, conceivably could blast into oblivion an enemy armada of at least 55
bomb-laden planes with the first
sledgehammer punch. They could
then tlo the same thing all over again
three minutes Utter — the length of
time it takes to reload and fire.
The percentage of "kills" is based
On tests against Air Force pi,tues.
which demonstrated that Nike could
destroy three of every four aircraft
approaching within a 50-mile range
and theoretically before they could
speed close enough to drop their
death-dealing charges on the target.
In practice the guided missiles have
knocked off conventional B-17 bombers at 30,000 feet with no difficulty.
The Air Force recently, however,
dropped a foreign object into the
neatly-stacked woodpile of army sta
tistics when it claimed that Nike may
not be the never-miss, electronic wonder that everyone had been led to
After observing test firings at tlif
White Sands proving grounds in desolate New Mexico, Air Force spokes
men said that those near-perfect firing
records had been established entirely
against slow-moving 15-17's, now ai
obsolete as the Model T Ford. Certainly the B-17's are nothing to compare with the speedy jet bombers thj
Kremlin war lords could set loose ovei
this country in a sneak attack. Moreover, they claimed that Nike had even
missed four out of four 15-17's in recefl'
The army grants that Nike will no1
hit every target it chases in its SH
domain. This admittedly makes it less
than perfect, as one missed bomM
could drop the H-bomb that vvouW
blow up the city and surroundi"?
countryside for miles.
The Air Force's criticism may tj
considered a ping for a new type "'
guided missile developed by the na^
known its "Talos." A senate sub-COW
mittee lias urged that tlie army a'"
Air Force pit the Nike and Talos fflij
silcs against pilotless jet bombers *'
determine which service has the be*
anti-aircraft weapon. Air For'1
Undersecretary James H. Douglas '^
supported the idea, stating that CoJ
gress is entitled to an exhibition *?
determine whether Talos is justing
ami whether it does or does not dup"
eate Nike. Meanwhile, the taxpayW
public holds what may be the bill11"1
dollar bag. w
SPONSORED BY V.F.W.
On May 1st Americans observed Loyalty Day, which was reported on oUf
April Readers Report I inside front covet'
as having been instigated by Mrs. Albert Grande of Park Ridge, Illinois, '"
More recent information regarding the
observance of May 1st as Loyalty D°T
indicates that the Veterans of Foreign
Wars of the U.S., inaugurated this observance in 1950 on a nationwide basis,
ond has sponsored and directed it evfir
since that time.
Mr. Louis G. Feldmann, Notion"!
Chairman of the National L0YALT'
DAY Committee of the V.F.W, 4s9
Fifth Avenue, New York 17, N. Y., hi"
written us: "It was through the eff°rts
of the V.F.W. that President Eisenho*^
lost yeor proclaimed LOYALTY DAY
Two weeks prior to LOYALTY DA'
this year Mr. Feldmonn's office h°
already received detailed reports °
more than 1400 planned celebration*'
including four in Japan and one
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