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Fort Sill in Comanche County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Sprint Missile

 
 
Sprint Missile Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 9, 2021
1. Sprint Missile Marker
Inscription.  Although never formally given an identifying nomenclature, the Sprint missile was a significant piece of US Army anti-ballistic missile technology and an integral part of the Sentinel and Safeguard ABM systems. The Sprint was a two-stage surface-to-air missile armed with a W66 low-yield enhanced radiation warhead, designed to destroy any incoming ICBMs that Spartan may have missed. Like its larger counterpart, the Sprint was launched from an underground silo and was radio command guided.

When Sprint launched, the silo door was blown off with explosive bolts and a massive gas piston pushed the missile upwards out of the silo. Once clear, the missile's rocket motor kicked in. Sprint's most remarkable feature was its speed; accelerating from zero to Mach 10, or 7600mph in four seconds. The missile's first stage burned for 1.2 seconds and the second for just slightly longer, intercepting the incoming warhead within 10-15 seconds from launch. With a range of just over 25 miles, the Sprint was truly a last-ditch weapon to defeat incoming ICBM warheads targeting American missile silos.

Length: - 32 ft 9 in - 9.98 m
Wingspan:
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- 12 ft - 3.66 m
Weight: - 8,000 lb - 3,500 kg
Speed: - Mach 4.31
Range: - 25 mi - 40 km
Ceiling: - 19 mi - 30 km
Warhead: - W66 enhanced radiation nuclear warhead
 
Erected by U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum. (Marker Number 325.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, Cold.
 
Location. 34° 39.891′ N, 98° 23.111′ W. Marker is in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in Comanche County. Marker is at the intersection of Harry Road and Randolph Road, on the right when traveling east on Harry Road. The marker is located in the southeast section of Missile Park at the U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum. 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. Nike Hercules HIPAR Radar AN/FPS-71 Antenna (here, next to this marker); MIM-23 Hawk (a few steps from this marker); MIM-14 Nike Hercules (a few steps from this marker); MIM-3 Nike Ajax (within shouting distance of this marker); Lockheed X-7A1 Target Drone (within shouting distance of this marker); M51 Skysweeper 75mm Anti Aircraft Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); Iraqi SZ-60 57mm Anti Aircraft Gun
The Sprint Missile and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 9, 2021
2. The Sprint Missile and Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); US M2 90mm Anti Aircraft Gun (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.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 24, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 349 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 24, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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