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Coliseum Central in Hampton, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

M-2 Corporal

Army • IRBM

 

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By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2017
1. M-2 Corporal Marker
Inscription. The Army's Corporal was the first U.S. ballistic missile originally developed by the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California. It was powered by a liquid-fuel rocket engine and carried either a high explosive or nuclear warhead. A surface-to-surface missile, Corporal was fired from a launching pad, where it was placed by a self-propelled, electrically powered transporter-erector. Control was by command guidance system. After firing, minor corrections were made to the trajectory to insure accuracy. Range was around 75 miles at Mach 3.

A research version called the WAC Corporal, mounted as the second-stage atop a German V-2 rocket launched from White Sands, New Mexico set an altitude record in February 1949, reaching nearly 250 miles into space.
 
Erected by Air Power Park. (Marker Number 019.)
 
Location. 37° 2.607′ N, 76° 21.951′ W. Marker is in Coliseum Central, Virginia, in Hampton. 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
M-2 Corporal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2017
2. M-2 Corporal Marker
marker. Ajax (within shouting distance of this marker); RF-4C Phantom II (within shouting distance of this marker); A-2 Polaris (within shouting distance of this marker); Nike-Ajax (within shouting distance of this marker); F-105D Thunderchief (within shouting distance of this marker); F-101F Voodoo (within shouting distance of this marker); NASA Space History (within shouting distance of this marker); NACA (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coliseum Central.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, Cold
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 31, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 165 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 31, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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