Sleeping Beauty Awakens

LASL’s Sleeping Beauty was an experiment on the design of an alpha-n initiator – the first in a series of such tests. Equipment was located in an underground bunker at Trinity Site in the New Mexico desert, some 250 miles south of Los Alamos – and only 1,600 feet from ground zero of a spectacular success, the world’s first nuclear explosion. But Sleeping Beauty did not involve the use of fissionable material – and she was an embarrassing failure.

WSMR Historical Foundation Publishes Quarterly Newsletter – May 2022

By Jenn Jett, Museum Specialist The White Sands Missile Range Historical Foundation has published its quarterly “Hands Across History” newsletter for May 2022. The newsletter contains the following articles: Last ‘Distant Runner’ Test Obliterated AF Concrete HangerJim Eckles, Editor Letter to the EditorJames Lane, Captain (ret.), Minnesota State Patrol New Training Organization Takes Up ResidenceContinue reading “WSMR Historical Foundation Publishes Quarterly Newsletter – May 2022”

The 200th Coast Artillery Regiment and the Bataan Death March

“We’re the battling bastards of Bataan;
No mama, no papa, no Uncle Sam;
No aunts, no uncles, no cousins, no nieces;
No pills, no planes, no artillery pieces.
And nobody gives a damn.
Nobody gives a damn.”

“The Voice of Freedom (radio broadcast) kept telling us, ‘Hold out for two more days, help is on the way.’ We could have taken the truth. But they lied to us.”

WSMR Historical Foundation Publishes Quarterly Newsletter – February 2022

By Jenn Jett, Museum Specialist The White Sands Missile Range Historical Foundation has published its quarterly “Hands Across History” newsletter for February 2022. The newsletter contains the following articles: 2021 In Review – An Interesting 2022 UpcomingFrances Williams, Foundation President Early Days Photos from Stephanie CrowleyStephenie CrowleyJim Eckles, Editor Patterson Family Photos of White SandsContinue reading “WSMR Historical Foundation Publishes Quarterly Newsletter – February 2022”

History of the 1st Guided Missile Brigade

In World War II, Allied Intelligence warned us that our enemy had developed a new kind of weapon, a missile unique in that it was guided electronically and powered by a rocket motor. This weapon was called the V-2. Later on, during the war, our Army captured the first of a number of these weapons. Our Army gave much thought to such a new weapon and in order to assist in research and testing of this and other missiles, organized the 1st Guided Missile Battalion in October 1945.

In 1970, An Athena Missile Went Deep Into Mexico

On 11 July 1970, Athena missile number 122 was launched from Green River, Utah, in the middle of the night. Like the previous firings, which the Air Force began in 1964, this Athena was programmed to impact on White Sands Missile Range. Instead, project and range personnel watched helplessly as it rocketed south heading deep into Mexico.

WSMR Historical Foundation Publishes Quarterly Newsletter – November 2021

By Jenn Jett, Museum Specialist The White Sands Missile Range Historical Foundation has published its quarterly “Hands Across History” newsletter for November 2021. The newsletter contains the following articles: Bob Lipinski Inducted Into Hall of FameJim Eckles, Editor In 1970 An Athena Missile Went Deep Into MexicoJim Eckles, Editor Going, Going, Gone….Jim Eckles, EditorPhotos byContinue reading “WSMR Historical Foundation Publishes Quarterly Newsletter – November 2021”

The Early Development of the Nike Missile

Named after the goddess of victory of Greek mythology, Nike is the end product of eight years of guided missile research, development, and engineering. Nike is the Army’s first supersonic anti-aircraft guided missile designed to follow and destroy the enemy target regardless of evasive action. It is the first guided missile system to defend American cities against aerial attack.