Armed Forces: Change & Range

Both the Army and Air Force produced prototype versions of new weapons last week—just in time to make an impression on congressional budgeteers who will soon be drawing a bead on armed forces expenses.

¶ The Air Force rolled out its first B-52H bomber, designed to serve as a launching platform for four long-range (1,000 miles), air-launched Skybolt missiles. The airplane itself is powered by eight new Pratt & Whitney J57 turbofan engines, has a range of 10,000 miles, will be able to launch its atom-tipped Skybolts without having to make deep,...

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