Corporal Guided Missile on launching ramp - 4407

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Corporal Guided Missile on launching ramp


 

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Corporal Guided Missile and the Launch pad. The missile was the first guided nuclear missile deployed by the Americans and it features in the book of Goldfinger by Ian Fleming as the warhead chosen by Goldfinger to blow up at Fort Knox and contaminate the US gold reserve he was unable to pinch. So I guess if we are listing the Corgis featured in the movies then this one should be included.

The Erector vehicle is designed to place the missile on to the launching ramp and release it from the clamps on the vehicle after lowering it into place. The four fold-out spikes support the missile and hold it vertical and to ensure a solid base for lift-off the wheels are removed from the mobile launching ramp and it is set on four screw down landing legs. The top part of the launch ramp rotates for deployment. It also has a detachable tow bar. .

Like the Erector Vehicle this is a stunning piece of engineering. It was in the range from 1959 through to 1962 and the only listed variation is that some of them came with the optional percussion cap device for the missile nosecone.

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