Monday, December 15, 2008

Nike Missile

The U.S. decommissioned its Nike Missiles in the 1960s, but it seems that two slipped into Iraqi hands.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Professor Dave,

I'm pretty certain that the last US Nike Hercules battery was decommissioned in 1983/4 in Germany. The units in the US, Key West & Alaska, went away in the late 70's. Surprisingly enough the Nike was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.

When Germany was still separated it was impossible to travel 50km without spotting a Nike, or Hawk, battery. Many of the old sites are now being used for farm equipment storage (beating swords to plow shears?)

Milo

Dave Ribar said...

Milo:

Thanks for spotting this. It looks like Nike Hercules batteries did continue to at least the late 1970s.

Our former home in Northern Virginia was a few miles from a former battery in Lorton, VA.

Dave