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Coliseum Central in Hampton, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ajax

Upper Stage Army SAM

 

Air Power Park Tour

 
Ajax Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2017
1. Ajax Marker
Inscription. Beginning from the early 1950s into the 1960s, during the Cold War era, concerns created the need for basing surface-to-air missiles near U.S. military installations. Built for the U.S. Army by Western Electric and initially deployed in 1953, the Nike-Ajax missile was a vital part of this type of localized defensive perimeter which had been installed around the country. There were several Nike sites on the Peninsula.

There are two Ajax liquid-fueled, upper stage rockets which are on display here in the park and typically carried a nuclear or conventional warhead.
 
Erected by Air Power Park.
 
Location. 37° 2.598′ N, 76° 21.937′ W. Marker is in Coliseum Central, Virginia, in Hampton. Marker can be reached from West Mercury Boulevard (U.S. 258) west of LaSalle Avenue (Virginia Route 167), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 413 W Mercury Blvd, Hampton VA 23666, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. RF-4C Phantom II (a few steps from this marker); Nike-Ajax (a few steps from this marker); M-2 Corporal (within shouting distance of this marker);
Ajax Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2017
2. Ajax Marker
A-2 Polaris (within shouting distance of this marker); F-105D Thunderchief (within shouting distance of this marker); F-89J Scorpion (within shouting distance of this marker); F-101F Voodoo (within shouting distance of this marker); NASA Space History (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coliseum Central.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, Cold
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 31, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 169 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 31, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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