The American Air Force Dec 14 began finalizing plans for roving missile bases on train rails that can fire nuclear destruction at a moments notice.
GV Entrance to missile base
CU Name 'Boeing' on building
SV Air force officers look at model
CU General Schriever
SV Schriever touches model
LV Model of train
LV Three-stage propellant weapon
TV Model of train
CU Man at controls
SV Sleeping quarters
SV Dining car
CU Name 'Missile Car'
TILT UP of missile
SV Missile train
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Background: The American Air Force Dec 14 began finalizing plans for roving missile bases on train rails that can fire nuclear destruction at a moments notice.
A model of the ocean-spanning "Minuteman" missile was unveiled in Seattle Dec 13, by Lt. Gen Bernard A.Schriever, head of the Air Research and Development Command.
This mobile intercontinental ballistic missile will roll on its launching train - night and day - over 100,000 miles of commercial railways in the northern half of the United States.
Special trains carrying 6,300-mile range missiles will be composed of 8 or more carriages, including refreshment cars for a crew of 40 or more. Each train will be equipped with up to five of the 65-foot, solid-fuel missiles.
The first of some 50 planned mobile missile bases will start running across the country mid-1962.