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Nike Ajax

Anti-Aircraft Missile Radar

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, March 30, 2019
1. Nike Ajax Marker
Inscription.  In the 1950's there were seven batteries of Nike Ajax anti-aircraft missiles located around Baltimore to protect the city, Friendship Airport, and various industrial sites, as well as the Aberdeen ordnance and Edgewood chemical facilities from Russian bombers.

Various Air Force and Navy air-warning net systems would alert the Army Nike site to hostile approaching aircraft.

The Nike-Ajax (Army) was the first operational American surface-to-air missile, SAM-A-7, replacing 90mm and 120 mm anti-aircraft guns of WWII.

This is the antenna of the target tracking radar, MPA-4. Subsequently the missile became a radar "beam rider" and thus could counter target evasive action.

By 1956, eighty Nike-Ajax sites were operating in the U.S.

Prime Contractor: Western Electric
Guidance: Bell Labs
Propulsion: Aerojet-General
Airframe: Douglas

Missile Performance
Speed - Mach 2
Range - 30 miles
Ceiling - 65,000 feet.
 
Erected by National Electronics Museum.
 
Location. 39° 11.755′ 
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By Devry Becker Jones, March 30, 2019
2. Nike Ajax
N, 76° 41.038′ W. Marker is in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on Elm Road west of West Nursery Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1745 West Nursery Road, Linthicum Heights MD 21090, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. TPS-43 (here, next to this marker); AN/SPG-55B Radar (within shouting distance of this marker); SCR-270 Radar Antenna (within shouting distance of this marker); FuG 65 Wurzburg Riese (Giant) Radar Antenna (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); XAF Radar Antenna (about 300 feet away); Stoney Run Train Station (approx. 0.9 miles away); Elkridge Furnace Inn (approx. 1.7 miles away); Linthicum Heights (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Linthicum Heights.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 30, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 88 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 30, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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