National Affairs: Atlas Soars Again

Trailing orange flame, a 75-ft. Atlas ICBM rocketed off its launching pad at Cape Canaveral, Fla. last week and disappeared out over the Atlantic. Shortly afterward the Air Force issued a proud announcement: the big bird had flown successfully over a test course of several hundred miles. Reports had it that the missile, the seventh Atlas to be fired and the third to complete its programed course, was preset to swerve sharply after burnout in a test of structural strength. Apparently it scored an A+.


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