Boeing IM-99A Bomarc: Unmanned & Unafraid.

The stunning Bomarc was the only operational United States Air Force Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM). This supersonic long-range nuclear-warhead equipped  SAM was used during the the “hottest” part of the Cold War in the defence of whole North American continent, both by the USAF and the Canadians. Originally planned to cover an ambitious number of places, in the end it was procured in fewer quantities and proved to be a costly effort. Technical problems were numerous and development dragged on; the service rivalry with the US. Army didn’t help either. As a curiosity note, it was originally designated as “F-99”, just like a manned fighter. They’re in service just 13 years, from 1959 until 1972. A poor investment by any means.

Fiery 1958 Aurora model kit box cover by artist Joe Kotula.

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