Missile Park Museum In New
Mexico, United States
White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) is a United States
Army rocket range of almost 3,200 sq MI (8,300 km2) in parts of five
counties in southern New Mexico. The largest military [not in
citation given] installation in the United States, WSMR and the
600,000-acre (2,400 km2) McGregor Range Complex at Fort Bliss to the
south (southeast Tularosa Basin and on Otero Mesa are contiguous
areas for military testing.
White Sands Proving Grounds was established in July
1945. It combined the existing ORDCIT Firing Ranges, the Alamogordo
Bombing Range, and large tracts of both private and public lands.
Even today, the range is speckled with the abandoned ranch houses
and windmills of a bygone era. There are also several old abandoned
silver and gold mines near the Gap Site of the Sierra Oscura.
White Sands Proving Grounds was later renamed to
White Sands Missile Range, or WSMR (pronounced "Whiz-Mer" by nearby
residents). The range occupies a somewhat rectangular strip of land,
some 40 miles wide (east-west) and 100 miles long (north-south). It
is the largest military installation in the United States. This
strip of New Mexico desert has been in use since the 40's to test
practically every weapon system in the U.S. Military arsenal.
Pioneering research in rocket technology shortly after World War II
at WSMR helped propel the U.S. Into space. Because of this, WSMR is
sometimes known as the "Birthplace of the Race to Space".
The White Sands Missile Park covers a full acre with
dozens of rockets and missiles, most of them pointed skyward as if
ready for blast-off. There are target drones and supersonic
anti-aircraft interceptors, tactical battlefield bombs and nuclear
city-blasters. The mobile "Scud Buster" Patriot missile launcher has
stenciled on its side, "If It Flies, It Dies." Oddities abound, such
as the World War II Lark, a kamikaze-killer; and the Loon, America's
version of the Nazi V-1. There's a flying saucer test vehicle used
by NASA to practice soft landings on Mars, and a Fat Man
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