America’s longest-range defense missile, the Boeing Bomarc IM-99, shown at start of automatic firing from launching shelter. Supersonic Bomarcs have quick reaction time and can carry atomic warheads. Unique among defense missiles, they can be fired in multiple and directed to intercept individual bombers or air-breathing missiles of a mass attacking force. Now in volume production at Boeing, Bomarcs will be operated by Air Defense Command.
Other Boeing defense projects include an advanced Bomarc, capable of seeking out and destroying enemy aircraft and missiles at distances now associated with manned interceptors.
First jet transport tankers, Boeing KC-135s, pictured on Air Force base. Their primary function is to refuel the Strategic Air Command’s B-47s and B-52s, thus extending the range and effectiveness of the multi-jet bombers. KC-135s hold the world non-stop jet transport record.
Missile bomber. The Boeing B-52 global jet bomber is now, and for some years will continue to be, the one proved retaliatory defense weapon not dependent upon foreign bases. In volume production at Boeing, this Strategic Air Command nuclear weapons carrier is the “big stick” in the nation’s retaliatory defense arsenal. An advanced B-52 missile bomber will have capability as a flying launching platform for supersonic air-to-ground missiles. Advantages: accurate long-range guidance, mission recallability, plus supersonic missile speed at the “hot end” of the target approach.