CGM-13 Mace Missile Historical

CGM-13 Mace Missile Historical (HM1XRK)

Location: Eglin Air Force Base, FL 32542 Okaloosa County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 27.974', W 86° 33.637'

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The Mace missile was a development of the TM-61 Matador missile, and was initially called TM-61B or "Matador B". After several modifications, in 1964, was designated the CGM-13B Mace missile. The main reasons for the new development were the TM-61 Matador's guidance system, it had limited range and could easily be jammed; and the missile was very cumbersome to move and set-up to fire.
The Mace missile had a redesigned airframe, smaller wings and a longer fuselage. The missile was transported fully assembled (except booster) on its zero-length launch trailer. The most important change was the new guidance system, called ATRAN (Automatic Terrain Recognition And Navigation). Flight testing began in 1956 and the Mace A series missile became operational in 1959.
The Mace B series upgrade development started in 1959, the guidance system was changed to the AC Spark Plug "AChiever" inertial guidance system. This allowed the missile to fly higher (40,000 ft instead of 1,000 ft) which increased its range (1500 miles instead of 800 miles). The first operational B series missiles were deployed on 1961.
This CGM-13B Mace missile S/N 59-4860 was manufactured on 14 March 1961. Its first assignment was to the 4504th Tactical Missile (Training) Wing in Orlando, FL. In June 1971, it was assigned to the 4571st
Drone Missile Squadron (Air Defense Command), Hurlburt Field, FL where it was used extensively as a target drone until it was donated to the AF Museum for display.
Specifications for MACE Missile B Series
Manufacturer     Glenn L. Martin Co
Thrust     One — Thiokol solid-fuel rocket booster of 97,000 lbs of thrust and One — Allison J33-A-41 turbojet engine of 5,200 lbs of thrust
Length     44 ft 9 in
Wing span     22 ft 11 in
Diameter     4 ft 6 in
Weight     18,750 lbs
Speed     650 mph (Mach 0.9)
Range1     500 miles
Ceiling     40,000 ft
Armament     W-28 Thermonuclear warhead (1.1 MT)
This missile is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force
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Date Added Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 542178 N 3370531
Decimal Degrees30.46623333, -86.56061667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 27.974', W 86° 33.637'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 27' 58.44" N, 86° 33' 38.22" W
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Area Code(s)850
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 Museum Dr, Eglin Air Force Base FL 32542, US
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