DEFENSE: 17 Minutes to Red Square

The highly successful Thor intermediate-range ballistic missile is one of the wonders of the U.S. Air Force's crash missile program. Only four years in development and proved in 83 launchings with only four out-and-out failures, Thor (like its Army-made running mate Jupiter) was designed for use by U.S. allies, has a 1,700-mile range with thermonuclear warhead. Last week ceremonies at the reactivated air base of Feltwell near England's bleak North Sea coast officially inaugurated three newly completed Thor bases in Britain (a fourth will be operational by next July), armed with 15 Thors apiece....

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