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White Sands Missile Range Museum

Atomic. Missile. Space.
Birthplace of American Ages.

NOTICE: Current as of November 2022. The WSMR Museum will be closed to all visitors while we prepare for the installation of a new permanent exhibit. Due to factors outside of our control, the reopening of the museum has been delayed until early 2023. Military, government, and other organizations can still submit a Tour and Special Event Request Form, located in the FAQ section. Changes to our access policy will be announced on our Facebook page, this website, and through the WSMR Public Affairs Office.

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These photos show a Q-5 Kingfisher target drone on static display during an Armed Forces Day Open House in front of the Installation Headquarters Building. The Kingfisher was used as a ramjet research vehicle and supersonic target aircraft. The event appears to have included an air show, with three planes flying in formation above the display. The two original photographs have deteriorated in the decades since they were taken. This yellowing effect occurs as materials in the printing material itself start to fade. Although yellowing in photographs is generally irreversible, editing software can be used to restore the image and give viewers a sense of what the photo originally looked like. The two amazingly recolored photographs were digitally restored by author Kenneth P. Katz, who is researching the Kingfisher as a part of his upcoming book on American unmanned aircraft. See MoreSee Less
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