MGR-1 Honest John
The Douglas M31 Honest John Short Range Tactical Battlefield Support Missile System was an unguided missile, powered by a M6 solid-fuel rocket engine, and spin-stabilized in flight by two M7 spin motors. Of all U.S. nuclear weapons of the 1950's, the Honest John was the easiest to operate. The rocket was transported from the depot to the launching unit by truck and trailer in three parts (warhead, motor, fins). Assembling the rocket, and mounting it on the M289 launcher (info: picture #2614
) was then accomplished by six men with a crane in about five minutes. The rocket was then ready for aiming and firing to a range between 5.5 km (3.4 miles) and 24.8 km (15.4 miles). It was a primitive artillery rocket which was aimed by moving its launcher vehicle and altering the elevation of the launch rail. Because of its simplicity, Army units actually preferred the Honest John to the guided MGM-5 Corporal and MGM-18 Lacrosse missiles. It saw service in several NATO countries including Greece, UK, France, Italy and Turkey as well as with South Korea and Japan. The system was phased out by the introduction of the MGM-52 Lance system.
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Picture added on 12 August 2011 at 12:05