The Other Missiles of Dayton

Aside from the IRBMs and ICBMs previously posted, the Air Force Museum circa 1992 also had several smaller missiles outside – Martin and Mace ground launched cruise missiles, and a Boeing BOMARC long-range strategic SAM.

Air Force Museum missile display 1992

Mace, Matador and BOMARC missiles on display at Dayton, 1992


The CIM-10 Bomarc was something of a unique bird – a surface to air missile operated by the USAF, rather than the Army. This came about through a difference in concept – while the Army’s Nike series SAMs were considered air defense missiles, the USAF considered Bomarc to be a long range interceptor – just one that happened to be pilotless. Indeed, the orginal designation was XF-99.

The USAF intended to build over fifty Bomarc sites to defend the US, but the Army’s Nike was a cheaper solution, and only six USAF installations and a pair of Canadian sites would host Bomarc deployments. All were taken offline by 1972, although use of the missile as a high performance target drone would continue into the early 1980s.

The CIM-10B version had solid fuel booster rockets and a RJ43 ramjet sustainer engine, yielding a range of some 400 miles and the ability to hit targets with a W40 nuclear warheads at altitudes of up to 100,000 feet.

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