Armed Forces: Prowler in the Sky

Of all the instruments of modern war, the Sidewinder missile is one of the most cunningly calculated to wreak destruction. Carried by a fighter, the Sidewinder has a sensing device in its nose that is attracted by the infra-red radiation of a jet engine's hot tail pipe. Zigzagging at first like the sidewinding desert rattlesnake, the missile finally gets the range and darts for the kill. Last week, in the sky over New Mexico, a Sidewinder demonstrated its deadly efficiency all too well.

A pair of Sidewinders hung from the Air National Guard F-100 of ist Lieut. James W. Van...

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