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Nike-Ajax

Lower/Upper Stage • Army • SAM

 

—Air Power Park Tour —

 
Nike-Ajax Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2017
1. Nike-Ajax Marker
Inscription. Nike-Ajax is the first U.S. surface-to-air missile. The original Nike program was begun in 1945 and over 10,000 Nike-Ajax missiles serviced over 100 sites in 15 defense areas within the U.S. including the Hampton Roads area.

A two-stage missile, Nike-Ajax is accelerated to supersonic speed buy a Nike solid-fuel booster, which drops off, and the Ajax 2nd stage liquid-fuel rocket takes over. Guidance is by radar command. Nike-Ajax was replaced by the more capable Nike-Hercules in 1958.
 
Erected by Air Power Park. (Marker Number 015.)
 
Location. 37° 2.593′ N, 76° 21.94′ W. Marker is in Hampton, Virginia. Marker can be reached from West Mercury Boulevard (U.S. 258) west of LaSalle Avenue (Virginia Route 167), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 413 W Mercury Blvd, Hampton VA 23666, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ajax (a few steps from this marker); RF-4C Phantom II (a few steps from this marker); A-2 Polaris (a few steps from this marker); F-105D Thunderchief
Nike-Ajax Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2017
2. Nike-Ajax Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); M-2 Corporal (within shouting distance of this marker); F-89J Scorpion (within shouting distance of this marker); F-101F Voodoo (within shouting distance of this marker); NASA Space History (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hampton.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, Cold
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 31, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 151 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 31, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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