SM-62 Snark

Start a Snark cruise missile from a portable platform

The SM -62 Snark was a cruise missile, which was used by the U.S. Air Force 1958-1961.

The Snark was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead over a distance of about 10,000 km. It was the only ground-ground cruise missiles that has ever been used by the U.S. Air Force. The rapid development of intercontinental ballistic missiles already made ​​the early 1960s a further maintenance of the Snark superfluous.

Technology

They started the Snark by two solid rocket boosters. After the start phase took a Pratt & Whitney J57 -P -17 turbojet engine. This engine was F- 100 Super Sabre, McDonnell F -101 Voodoo, Convair F -102 Delta Dagger and the Vought F -8U Crusader used among others in the North American.

Due to a lack of the horizontal tailplane elevons were used. This led to an unusual flight pattern, in which the nose of the missile was very far up. Shortly before the end of the warhead was separated from the missile. The warhead then flew in a ballistic curve further toward the goal.

The Snark could be landed and re-used after its up to 11 -hour flight, provided that the warhead was not separated from the missile. However, since no landing gear was available, was a long, just need Landefäche on which the Snark could then slide to a stop. A runway at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is still known under the name " Skid Strip".

Whereabouts

  • Air Force Space & Missile Museum, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
  • National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright - Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton (Ohio )
  • Strategic Air & Space Museum, Ashland, Nebraska
  • Hill Air Force Base, Ogden, Utah
  • National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sources / Links

  • Snark at designation - systems.net ( English )
  • Snark at the Federation of American Scientists ( English)
  • Snark on Astronautix (English)
  • Snark in the National Museum of the USAF (English)

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