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THOR BALISTIC MISSILE

The United State and the United Kingdom in Partnership

John BOYES

2015, 208 pages, format 16 x 24, 100 photos et cartes en NB, texte en anglais.

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THOR BALLISTIC MISSILE FONTHILL MEDIA

Faced with worrying advances in Soviet missile technology, in the mid-1950s the United States sought to develop an IRBM to act as a stop-gap until the Atlas ICBM became operational. Intense inter-service rivalry followed before the US Air Force gained the upper hand. The UK, keen to improve its ‘special relationship’ with the US and soon smarting from the Suez Crisis, agreed to accept sixty Thor missiles to be operated by RAF crews. Complex negotiations followed and once sites were identified, American personnel, both civilian and military, crossed the Atlantic to build and commission the bases. Meanwhile, some 1,300 RAF personnel travelled to America to learn the complexities of the Thor system and make a series of twenty-one launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Covering activities on both sides of the pond, « Thor Ballistic Missile: The United States and the United Kingdom in Partnership » is a thoroughly researched, documented account of the USAAF and RAF’s collaboration, featuring a number of previously unpublished photographs, plans, and diagrams of the missile sites and equipment, and the anecdotes of the servicemen who took part in this exchange.

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