Nation: The Scrap over Skybolt

The Anglo-American crisis, said one angry Londoner, was the most serious since Suez. U.S. and British officials argued bitterly, and the British press roared the Lion's wrath. Britain, it was clear, felt that it had been doublecrossed by its closest ally—and all over a missile named Skybolt that has never yet worked.

Skybolt is a 40-ft.. two-stage, solid-fuel weapon designed to ride under a bomber's wing, then streak off on its own with a nuclear warhead aimed at targets up to 1,000 miles away. So far, the U.S. has spent or committed $657 million...

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