IM-99 BOMARC Launch Platform Historical

IM-99 BOMARC Launch Platform Historical (HM1XRN)

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

N 30° 27.982', W 86° 33.609'

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This launch platform was used to launch the BOMARC Missile. The BOMARC ("BO" Boeing and "MARC" from Michigan Aeronautic Research Center), originally designated as the XF-99, was later redesignated IM-99 then CIM-10A, was a surfaced launched pilotless interceptor missile designed to destroy enemy aircraft. Testing of prototypes began in 1952 and the -A series was declared operational in 1961. Complete phase-out of the BOMARC program was completed in October 1972.
Upon radar notification this launcher was able to give almost instantaneous response (30 seconds) by lifting a 16,032 pound missile with a nuclear warhead. Propelled at launch by a rocket booster until it reached sufficient speed for its ramjets to operate, it was guided from the ground to the vicinity of its target at which time it came under control of an internal target seeker.
One BOMARC missile could provide cover for an area about 500,000 square miles. In September 1958, the Air Research and Development Command decided to transfer the BOMARC program from Cape Canaveral to a new facility on Santa Rosa Island. The 4751st Air Defense Wing (Missile) was established on 15 January 1958 at Eglin AFB, FL. The first launch from Santa Rosa was on 15 January 1959. More than 200 launches were made from Eglin AFB before the Hurlburt Field Operational test/training
unit was deactivated in 1979.
Specifications for BOMARC Missile B Series
Manufacturer     Boeing/Michigan Aeronautical Research Center
Thrust     One — Thiokol solid-fuel rocket booster of 50,000 lbs of thrust and Two — Marquardt ramjets of 14,000 lbs of thrust each
Length     46 ft 10 in
Wing span     18 ft 2 in
Height     10 ft 4 in
Weight     15,619 lbs normal / 16,032 Max
Speed     1,975 mph Max
Range     440 miles
Ceiling     100,000 ft
Armament     Nuclear or Conventional warheads
This launch platform is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force
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Date Added Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 542222 N 3370546
Decimal Degrees30.46636667, -86.56015000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 27.982', W 86° 33.609'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 27' 58.92" N, 86° 33' 36.54" 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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