Model, Missile, Navaho, 1:24

December 29th, 2011

A few nice Flight to Washington images I found:

Model, Missile, Navaho, 1:24
Flight to Washington
Image by cliff1066â„¢
This is a 1:24 scale model of the Navaho, a U.S. Air Force intercontinental surface-to-surface missile designed to carry a nuclear warhead. In contrast to ballistic missiles that fly part of their route outside the atmosphere, the Navaho flew entirely within it like a cruise missile. The booster’s liquid-fuel engines lifted the Navaho to about 18 kilometers (11 miles) then fell away. The missile leveled off, and its two ramjet engines propelled it the rest of the way to the target. Nine flight tests took place beginning in 1956. However, the project was canceled in 1957 due to major problems with some components and excessive costs. Despite this, the Navaho contributed greatly to the nation’s rocket and missile programs. David Gianakos made this model and donated it to NASM in 2002.

Missile, Test, RTV-N-15, also Designated Pollux
Flight to Washington
Image by cliff1066â„¢
This is the RTV-N-15, also known as Pollux, a post-World War II U.S. Navy pulsejet-powered research vehicle for missile development and testing piloted aircraft components. The last and largest vehicle of the important Gorgon series of post-war experimental Navy missiles, it was unusual in having an internally-mounted pulsejet and was an attempt to increase the normally slow operating speed of a pulsejet vehicle by streamlining. The design range was 75-100 nautical miles, with guidance by active radar and heat-seeking homing. It made only three test flights from 1948-1951 and then was cancelled due to its slow development. This is probably the only extant example of the RTV-N-15 and was donated to the Smithsonian in 1971 by the U.S. Navy.

40 World War II Veterans are on a plane headed for Washington, DC to honor their service to our Country
Flight to Washington
Image by MichiganMoves
Honor Flight Michigan makes two trips a month to tour the WWII Memorial and Arlington National Cemetary
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