GENIE
GENIE

Manufacturer

DOUGLAS

Markings:

87th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, K. I. Sawyer AFB, Michigan, 1985

Designation:

AIR-2A

Serial Number:

TE-04813

DOUGLAS AIR-2A GENIE

By the mid-1950s it was apparent that traditional fighter weapons were inadequate for intercepting modern high-speed bombers. The solution would eventually be the development of guided missiles, but at the time this technology was not advanced enough for practical use. The answer to this problem for the U.S. Air Force was the unguided Genie rocket. This relatively large rocket contained a 1.5 kiloton nuclear warhead capable of blasting a bomber to bits from 1,000 feet away. The first and only test firing of a live Genie occurred over the Yucca Flats, Nevada test range on July 19, 1957. The F-89J, F-101B and F-106A interceptors carried the Genie. It finally retired from service with the F-106s in the mid-1980s.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 3 ft 4 in
  • Length: 9 ft 8 in
  • Weight: 822 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: Mach 3.3
  • Range: 6 miles
  • Engines: Thiokol SR49-TC-1 solid rocket motor with 36,500 pounds of thrust