First Guided Missile
First Guided Missile
September 11, 1916
Here Lawrence B. Sperry first demonstrated to the U.S. Navy the Perry Aerial Torpedo - the first guided missile.
Presented by Sperry Gyroscope Company during 1960, centennial year of Dr. Elmer A. Sperry, scientist and inventor
Erected 1960 by Sperry Gyroscope Company.
Location. 40° 39.467′ N, 73° 24.915′ W. Marker is in Amityville, New York, in Suffolk County. Marker is at the intersection of Richmond Avenue and Unqua Place, on the right when traveling south on Richmond Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Amityville NY 11701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cross-Island Trolley (here, next to this marker); Naomi W. Griffiths (approx. 1.3 miles away); Suffolk County (approx. 1.4 miles away); Thorn Estate (approx. 1½ miles away); Great Neck Road School (approx. 1.6 miles away); Babylon Railroad Co. Trolley Route (approx. 1.7 miles away); Four Chaplains Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Frank Buck's Zoo (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Amityville.
Also see . . .
2. Curtiss-Sperry Aerial Torpedo (Cradle of Aviation Museum). "The Sperry Aerial Torpedo tests were the first guided missile program in this country. In 1916, Lawrence Sperry, developer of the autopilot, formed a new company and set up flying operations at an isolated site at Amityville on the Great South Bay. Here, the Navy funded the development of unmanned flying bombs intended to be launched against military targets. Five "Aerial Torpedoes" were then built by the nearby Curtiss Company. A special track and dolly was developed and Aerial Torpedoes were launched by this system with some success. The Aerial Torpedoes were to be loaded with TNT and launched against enemy targets. After a pre-set time the engine would stop and the plane would dive into the target. With the end of World War One however, all experiments with flying bombs came to a halt...." (Submitted on March 10, 2018.)
Categories. • Air & Space •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 10, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 10, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.