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Shrike Missile Talk - By: Charlie MayEducation :: Lecture also Education :: Classes
Shrike Missile Talk - By: Charlie May
7:00 PM
Marriot Spring Hills Suites
Shrike was the world's first anti-radiation missile. It was designed to detect, track, and damage enemy ground-based radars being used to direct surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) at incoming aircraft. Shrike was conceived, designed, developed, and tested at China Lake.
A little-known fact is that Shrike played an important role in the Cuban Missile crisis. Shrike seekers were mounted on an A-4 aircraft and flown towards the Russian ballistic missile sites in Cuba. This caused the ground radars of the surface-to-air missiles protecting the ballistic missiles to "light up". This allows the Shrike seeker to determine the type of SAMs protecting the ballistic missile site, providing important tactical information.

Charlie May assembled the first 12 Shrike seekers, several of which were flown during the Cuban Missile crisis. Charlie will chronical the Shrike program as well as its associated amusing antidotes.

This presentation is proudly sponsored by the China Lake Museum Foundation.
Age Group: 21+
Venue: Marriot Spring Hills Suites
Address: 113 E. Sydnor Ave. Ridgecrest, California 93555
Phone: 760-446-1630

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