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Missile Magazine and Launch Operations

 
 
Missile Magazine and Launch Operations Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 18, 2010
1. Missile Magazine and Launch Operations Marker
Inscription. Specifications

Range: 25-30 miles Speed: Mach 3 (1,679 mph) Altitude: 70,000 feet
Length: 34 feet 10 inches with booster Missile only: 21 feet
Weight: 2,455 lbs. with booster Missile only: 1,000 lbs.
Diameter: 12 inches Wingspan: 4 feet 6 inches
Warhead: Three high-explosive fragmentation charges mounted in the nose, center and aft sections
Guidance: Command by electronic computer and radar
Fuels: Booster — solid propellant, Missile — red fuming nitric acid

Missile System Contractors

Airframe: Douglas Aircraft Company, Santa Monica, California
Propulsion: Hercules Powder Company, Radford Arsenal, Virginia
Sustainer: Bell Aircraft Company, Buffalo, New York
Guidance: Bell Telephone Laboratories, New York, New York

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Directions to Jones Creek Site from Carrollton Nike Park:

Turn left onto Nike Park Road, right onto Titus Creek Drive, left onto Smiths Neck Road, left onto Boundary Road. Jones Creek Site is at the end of Boundary Road.
 
Location. 36° 57.717′ N, 76° 33.757′ W. Marker is in Carrolton, Virginia, in Isle of Wight County. Marker can be reached from Nike Park Road (Virginia Route 669
Aerial view of Nike-Ajax missile site N-75L image. Click for full size.
2. Aerial view of Nike-Ajax missile site N-75L
) 0.1 miles south of Carrollton Court. Touch for map. This marker is located in Carrollton Nike Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13036 Nike Park Road, Carrollton VA 23314, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. People and Places, circa 1957 at N-75L (here, next to this marker); 1954 Nike-Ajax Missile Site N-75L (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nike-Ajax Missile Radar Control Site N-75C (approx. 0.9 miles away); Josiah Parker (approx. 1.1 miles away); Saint Luke's Church (approx. 2 miles away); Historic St. Luke's Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); St. Lukeís Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); Bennís Church (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carrolton.
 
More about this marker. On the upper left is an aerial photograph of the launch site.

On the lower left is a photograph of a launch ready missile with the caption, “Nike–Ajax missile on launch rails at N-75L Note the “flag” on missile cone. “Pulling the flag” armed the missile.”

On the top center is a photograph of an underground missile magazine with the caption, “Nike–Ajax Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) in underground magazine on elevator”.

On
Nike–Ajax missile on launch rails at N-75L image. Click for full size.
3. Nike–Ajax missile on launch rails at N-75L
Note the “flag” on missile cone. “Pulling the flag” armed the missile.
the bottom center is a diagram of a “Typical underground magazine layout”.

On the upper right is a diagram of “Basic Nike–Ajax operations”.

On the middle right is an aerial photograph of the control and launch sites labeled, “N-75C (Control) Now Jones Creek Convenience Center” and “N-75L (Launch) Now “Nike Park””.

On the lower right is a photograph of “Missile assembly operations at N75L ca. 1955”.
 
Also see . . .
1. Nike-Ajax Missile Site N-75. Smithfield & Isle of Wight Convention and Visitors Bureau (Submitted on September 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Nike-Ajax Missile Site N-75. Isle of Wight County (Submitted on September 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Nike Park and other Nike-Ajax launch locations. South Eastern Virginia Rocketry Association (Submitted on September 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

4. Nike Historical Society. (Submitted on September 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. War, Cold
 
Nike–Ajax Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) in underground magazine on elevator image. Click for full size.
4. Nike–Ajax Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) in underground magazine on elevator
Typical underground magazine layout image. Click for full size.
5. Typical underground magazine layout
Basic Nike–Ajax operations image. Click for full size.
6. Basic Nike–Ajax operations
Locations of launch and control sites image. Click for full size.
7. Locations of launch and control sites
N-75C (Control) is now Jones Creek Convenience Center and N-75L (Launch) is now Nike Park.
Missile assembly operations at N75L ca. 1955 image. Click for full size.
8. Missile assembly operations at N75L ca. 1955
N-75L markers at Carrollton Nike Park image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 18, 2010
9. N-75L markers at Carrollton Nike Park
The site of the fueling pad and underground missile magazines can be seen in the distance.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,056 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on September 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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