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Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

The “Honest John” Rocket

 
 
The “Honest John” Rocket Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 22, 2013
1. The “Honest John” Rocket Marker
Inscription. The M50 Honest John was the U.S. Army’s first nuclear-armed surface-to-surface rocket. It was an unguided 762mm artillery rocket, powered by an M6 solid-fuel rocket engine.

The Honest John was developed at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, in 1950, and first fired at White Sands Missile Range in 1951.

Later versions carried a high-explosive warhead instead of an atomic payload. The Honest John weighted in at 5,800 pounds and had a range of 25 miles. Production ended in 1965, after more than 7,000 rockets had been built. In was replaced by the MGM-52 Lance in 1973.
 
Location. 34° 48.717′ N, 87° 37.43′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is on Veterans Park Drive 0.3 miles east of South Cox Creek Parkway (Alabama Route 133), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located south of the Veterans Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AL 35630, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hawk Missile (a few steps from this marker); W.W. II Anchor (a few steps from this marker); 16” Projectile (a few steps from this marker); “Gooney Bird” Propeller
The “Honest John” Rocket image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, October 22, 2013
2. The “Honest John” Rocket
(a few steps from this marker); Anti-Tank Gun (a few steps from this marker); Don Leslie Michael (within shouting distance of this marker); 75mm Field Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); Vietnam War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Florence.
 
Also see . . .  Encyclopedia Astronautica Honest John. Development started in May 1950, when Restone Arsenal was tasked with the development of a large caliber unguided solid-fuel field artillery rocket with a capability for nuclear armament. (Submitted on October 24, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
 
Categories. Military
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 409 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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