Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Nike “Hercules” Missile
Throughout the Cold War the United States shifted its missile sites to combat the Soviet threats. From the homeland of the United States, Europe, and finally ending up in Southeast Asia the systems were deployed until 1974 when they were inactivated except for sites in Florida and Alaska for several more years. Today U.S. allies in Europe and Asia still use the missile for defense and are likely to remain in service well beyond the year 2000. The basic statistics of the Hercules Missile are as follows:
Length: 27 feet (body), 14 feet (boosters), 40 feet (total)
Weight: 5,250 pounds (body), 5,300 pounds (booster), 10,550 pounds (total)
Payload: 1,000 pounds
Range: 90-100 miles
Cost: $55,000 in 1958
Erected by Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum.
Location. 40° 25.859′ N, 76° 34.239′ W. Marker is in Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, in Lebanon County. Marker is at the intersection of Fisher Avenue and Stahr Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Fisher Avenue. Touch for map. Located on the Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Facility. Marker is in this post office area: Annville PA 17003, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. F-102 Jet Fighter (within shouting distance of this marker); Nike "Ajax" Missile (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 95th Infantry Division Memorial (about 400 feet away); Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge (about 400 feet away); 40 & 8 Boxcar (about 400 feet away); Saint-Avold Tribute to 3rd American Army (about 500 feet away); Fallen Warrior Memorial - 2nd BCT (about 500 feet away); M2/M59 Howitzer (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Indiantown Gap.
Also see . . . Overview of the Nike Missile System. Note that during the Cold War, Nike sites were placed around Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. (Submitted on October 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Air & Space • Military • War, Cold •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,542 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.