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U.S. PGM-11 Redstone Missile

 
 
U.S. PGM-11 Redstone Missile Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 9, 2021
1. U.S. PGM-11 Redstone Missile Marker
Inscription.  The Redstone was America's first large ballistic missile during the Cold War. Introduced in 1958, the Programmed Guided Missile-11 Redstone was the American version of the famous German V-2 Rocket used in World War II. In the early 1950s, the U.S. Army was seeking a ballistic missile that could outrange conventional artillery. Named for Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, where it was developed, the Redstone was designed by a team of German rocket engineers. Development of the Redstone began in 1951 with the first test missile being launched in August 1953. While testing the Redstone, it proved to be reliable and accurate with 35 of the 38 missiles hitting the target. Production began of the new missile by Chrysler and their first missile flew July 1956. Redstone entered service in June 1958 and was the first missile to carry a live nuclear warhead, which detonated in a test over the Pacific Ocean in 1958. A modified Redstone was used to carry the first American astronaut, Alan Shepard, Jr., into space on May 5, 1961. The Redstone was gradually replaced by the Pershing missile with the process being completed by late 1964.

Diameter - 5.83
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ft. - 1.8 m
Length - 64 ft. 4 in. - 21.1 mm
Weight - 61,300 lb. - 27,800 kg
Range - 57 to 201 miles - 92 to 323 km
Warhead - 500 kT Nuclear
CCN# 117321
 
Erected by U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum. (Marker Number 054.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, Cold. A significant historical date for this entry is May 5, 1961.
 
Location. 34° 39.932′ N, 98° 23.041′ W. Marker is in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in Comanche County. Marker is at the intersection of Corral Road and Randolph Road, on the right when traveling east on Corral Road. The marker is located east of the U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum in Missile Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Sill OK 73503, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. German K-18 15cm Cannon (a few steps from this marker); U.S. MGM-31A Pershing I (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. M2 Corporal Missile (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. M119 105mm Light Howitzer (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. M65 280mm Gun, "Atomic Annie" (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. M249 & M250 4x4 Heavy Gun-Lifting Trucks (within shouting distance of this marker); 280mm Heavy Motorized Gun M65
The U.S. PGM-11 Redstone Missile and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 9, 2021
2. The U.S. PGM-11 Redstone Missile and Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); German 100mm Field Gun, Model 1904 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Sill.
 
More about this marker. The marker and museum are located on Fort Sill, an active military installation. The museum is open to the public, but appropriate photo identification is required for access to the post.
 
Also see . . .  U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum. (Submitted on September 24, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
 
The view of the U.S. PGM-11 Redstone Missile image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 9, 2021
3. The view of the U.S. PGM-11 Redstone Missile
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 23, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 274 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 23, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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