The "Honest John" Rocket

The "Honest John" Rocket (HM1BJ4)

Location: Florence, AL 35630 Lauderdale County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 48.717', W 87° 37.43'

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The M50 Honest John was the U.S. Army's first nuclear-armed surface-to-surface rocket. It was an unguided 762mm artillery rocket, powered by an M6 solid-fuel rocket engine.

The Honest John was developed at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, in 1950, and first fired at White Sands Missile Range in 1951.

Later versions carried a high-explosive warhead instead of an atomic payload. The Honest John weighted in at 5,800 pounds and had a range of 25 miles. Production ended in 1965, after more than 7,000 rockets had been built. In was replaced by the MGM-52 Lance in 1973.
HM NumberHM1BJ4
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 2:23pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 442943 N 3852366
Decimal Degrees34.81195000, -87.62383333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 48.717', W 87° 37.43'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 48' 43.02" N, 87° 37' 25.80" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6404 Veterans Park Dr, Florence AL 35630, US
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