Each of the armed services has a big family of missiles in operation or development. Outstanding items:


Falcon. Probably the most sophisticated missile now in large production is the small, graceful, air-to-air Falcon (Hughes Aircraft Co.). It is 6½ ft. long, 6 in. in diameter, weighs 120 Ibs. Its guidance system contains as many electronic elements as four television sets, all crammed into the space of a 2-lb. coffee can. The Falcon is a good example of the complication of missiles. The fighter plane that carries them is guided by ground radar...

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