Science: Bolt from the Sky

Even for the sophisticated rocket watchers of Cape Canaveral to whom the swiftest jet plane seems a little oldfashioned, the contrails of the B-52 bomber that soared high overhead last week held a special significance. Telescopes and electronic eyes on the Atlantic Missile Range traced every mile of the big ship's progress. The reason for the intense interest was obvious. Under the bomber's right wing hung a slim Skybolt missile, the newest and most promising weapon of the U.S. Air Force.

Precisely on schedule, the Skybolt dropped away from its mother plane. As...

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