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Cape Canaveral in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Navaho

 
 
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By Brandon D Cross, January 3, 2021
1. Navaho Marker
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Prime Contractor: North American Aviation
Type: Intercontinental Guided Missile

The Navaho was a rocket-launched, air breathing, long-range intercontinental guided missile. The Navaho was considered to have the range, accuracy, and load-carrying capabilities of a ballistic missile. After being launched, the Navaho rose and leveled off under the power of the two 135,000 pound thrust rocket engines in its booster. When it reached a predetermined speed and altitude, it dropped the booster and continued , propelled by two ramjets. The Navaho could zigzag and home in on its target with an infrared device.

Original flight tests were made at Edwards Air Force Base in California, and later continued at Cape Canaveral Air Station. The initial testing of the Navaho configuration began with the X-10, a recoverable scale model of the prototype, powered by two conventional turbojets engines. The X-10 landed on wheels at the Skid Strip (the 10,000 foot runway at the Cape) and was reusable. The missile’s inertial guidance system was installed in nuclear submarines. Navy attack aircraft, and the Hound Dog and Minuteman missiles.
Navaho Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, January 3, 2021
2. Navaho Marker
Engines used for the Atlas and Thor rockets were based upon technology developed in building the Navaho booster.

Tests of the X-10 and Navaho were conducted at the Cape between August 1955 and September, 1958. Launches of Navaho occurred at Complex 9/10.

The Brevard County School Board and Florida Power and Light Company provided sections of the museum display in August, 1964. This Navaho is the only one in existence. This exhibit is on loan from the U.S. Air Force Museum System.

Specifications:
Length : 96 Feet (with Booster)
Diameter: 6 Feet
Weight: 290,000 Pounds
Wing or Fin Span: 36 Feet
Power Plant: Twin RJ-47 Ramjets, Liquid-Propellant Booster
Speed: Supersonic
Range; 5,500 Miles
Guidance: Celestial, Infrared Homing
Armament: High Explosive or Nuclear
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: Air & Space.
 
Location. 28° 25.118′ N, 80° 36.325′ W. Marker is in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in Brevard County. Memorial is at the intersection of Space Port Way and Poseidon Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Space Port Way. The Navaho Missile has been moved to another location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cape Canaveral FL 32920, 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. Port Canaveral Historic Milestones (approx. 0.9 miles away);
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a different marker also named Port Canaveral Historic Milestones (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Port Canaveral Historic Milestones (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Port Canaveral Historic Milestones (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Port Canaveral Historic Milestones (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Port Canaveral Historic Milestones (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Port Canaveral Historic Milestones (approx. 1.1 miles away); "We Have Liftoff" (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Canaveral.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 17, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 17, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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