Science: For Range

Testing long-range rockets in horizontal flight puts a strain on geography. Many vertical flights have been made from White Sands, N.Mex., but not even in the thinly inhabited Southwest is there an area where a rocket can be fired for distance. So last week the Air Force made its first horizontal rocket test from Cocoa, Fla. (east of Orlando), firing a two-stage rocket over the empty Atlantic north of the Bahamas.

The rocket was a "piggyback" combination : a small Wac Corporal set in the nose of a German V2. An earlier test the...

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