Nike-Hercules Missile

Adopted by Mr. Louis A. Cetrone, Jr.


The nuclear-capable Nike-Hercules was designed to address short-comings in the Nike-Ajax (e.g., the Nike-Ajax’s inability to discern individual bombers within a densely-packed flying formation) and used many of the supporting components of the Nike-Ajax system. Site D-16 was activated at Selfridge Air Force Base in 1955 with the Nike-Ajax missile, converted to the Nike-Hercules missile in 1957, and was inactivated in 1971. Site D-16 was staffed by US Army personnel.

Wingspan: 6' 2"
Length: 41'
Diameter: 31' 6"
Speed: 2,707 mph

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