General Dynamics BGM-109G GLCM

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
General Dynamics
Markings
United States Air Force, 1983
Designation
BGM-109G
Serial Number
12436C0001

General Dynamics BGM-109G GLCM

The cruise missile has become one of the preferred weapons of the United States military over the last 20 years. The Gryphon is a mobile Ground Launched Cruise Missile (GLCM) designed to serve as a tactical nuclear weapon in Europe. It is virtually identical to the non-nuclear Tomahawk cruise missiles used by the United States in several Middle East conflicts. Beginning in 1983 BGM-109Gs were stationed in England, Belgium, Germany and Italy. They were wildly unpopular with the populations of these countries and large protests were held in all four nations. In 1987, the United States and the Soviet Union entered into the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty that called for the elimination of the Gryphon and similarly ranged Soviet missiles. This treaty marked the first ever reduction in nuclear forces. The last of them were deactivated in 1991 and all but a handful that were saved for museums were destroyed. Also see Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) and Launch Control Center (LCC).

Specifications
Wingspan 8 ft 7 in
Length 18 ft 2 in
Weight 2,650 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 500 mph
Range 1,500 miles
Engines 1 Booster Motor: Atlantic Research solid-fuel rocket booster 7