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Steel ring guards Valley from raids
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Photograph caption dated July 3, 1956 reads, "Missile 'alert' scramble - Members of a highly trained nine-man launching crew of 551st Guided Missile Battalion race toward U.S. Army's missile launching platform in Van Nuys. Weapon is named after Greek goddess of Victory and can track, intercept and destroy enemy aircraft trying to penetrate Los Angeles County. Missile is swifter than sound and unofficial sources say it can travel faster than 1500 miles per hour. Recent demonstration at White Sands Proving Ground in New Mexico showed effectiveness of missile now under criticism by Air Force. Missiles are stored in underground shelters."; See images #00145402 through #00145405 for all photos in this series.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
United States.--Army
United States.--Army.--AAA Missile Battalion, 551st
Guided missile bases--California--San Fernando Valley
Men--California--San Fernando Valley
Antiaircraft missiles--United States
Military weapons--United States
Soldiers--United States
Military readiness
Air weapons
Nike rocket
San Fernando Valley (Calif.)
Van Nuys Missile Base (Calif.)
Valley Times Collection photographs
Portrait photographs
Group portraits
Time Period

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