National Geographic : 1951 Dec
Finishing School for GUIDED MISSILES The Air Force Missile Test Center, used by all our military services as a long-range proving ground, stretches thousands of miles from Florida, out over the Bahamas, into the South Atlantic. A pilotless bomber roars away from its launching stand, picks up speed, zooms into the blue. Set ting its course for a far-off target in the ocean, it rockets over a chain of tiny islands where men and machines check its flight, its behavior, the operation of its guidance and control systems. It's a vital part of our air power of the future-aeronautical research and de velopment laying the foundation for continued U. S. air supremacy! Operated by the USAF's Air Research and Develop ment Command, the Missile Test Center is geared up to test the wide variety of missiles, rockets and pilot less aircraft vital to modern air power. It reached its full stature with the recent completion of down-range observation stations. And the dramatic B-6I pilotless bomber, the Matador, designed and produced by Martin as part of its diversified missiles program, was the first to use the completed range. THE GLENN L. MARTIN COMPANY, Baltimore 3, Maryland. For reasons of security, the missile shown here is an artist's conception-. not a drawing of an existing weapon. DEVELOPERS AND MANUFACTURERS OFi Navy P5M-1 Marlin seaplanes * Air Force B-57A Canberra night intruder bombers * Air Force B-61 Matador pilotless bombers * Navy P4M-1 Mercator patrol planes * Navy KDM-1 Plover target drones * e AIRCRAFT Builders of'Dependable Aircraft Since 1909 Navy Viking high-altitude research rockets * Air Force XB-51 developmental tactical bomber * Martin airliners * Guided missiles* Electronic fire control & radar systems* LEADERS IN Building Air Power to Guard the Peace, Air Transport to Serve it.