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June 28 2013, at 03:15 PM

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Air Force personnel loaded the “Mighty Mouse” rockets onto jet fighters at Andrews Air Force Base in May, 1955. The Mk 4 Folding-Fin Aerial Rocket (FFAR), sometimes called the Mighty Mouse, was a 2.75 in (70 mm) diameter unguided rocket weapon commonly used by U.S. military aircraft. It was intended as an air-to-air weapon to allow interceptor aircraft to shoot down enemy bombers with greater range and effectiveness than machine guns or cannon. It was later developed into a modular rocket motor for air-to-ground use. (George Tames/The New York Times) - NYT

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