1953: Cape Canaveral launched the first Redstone Missile
On the same day the Soviet Union publicly acknowledged it had tested a hydrogen bomb Cape Canaveral launched the first Redstone Missile


By MSgt William Medema
Posted Saturday, August 20, 2005

  
1953: Cape Canaveral launched the first Redstone Missile
Minuteman III ICBM launching from Cape Canaveral


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On the same day the Soviet Union publicly acknowledged it had tested a hydrogen bomb Cape Canaveral launched the first Redstone Missile. The launch failed but the Redstone was the first operational U.S. ballistic missile. The Redstone missile was deployed between 1958 and 1964 and carried a nuclear warhead with a yield of either 425 kilotons or 3.8 megatons. The Redstone was some 69 feet (21 meters) tall and was liquid-fueled.


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