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Posted 10/19/2010 Printable Fact Sheet
Douglas AIR-2A "Genie"
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Propulsion:   Thiokol SR49-TC-1 solid-fuel rocket motor
Wingspan:   3 ft 3 1/2 in
Diameter:   1 ft 5 1/3 in
Length:   9 ft 7 in
Weight:   820 lbs
Speed:   Mach 3
Range:   6 miles
Service Ceiling:   Limited by carrier aircraft

The AIR-2A Genie air-to-air rocket was the world's first nuclear-armed air-to-air interceptor missile and consequently was the most powerful ever deployed by the United States Air Force. It was carried by Air Defense Command's F-89J, F-101B, and F-106A interceptor aircraft. Thousands of the rockets were built for the Air Force before production ended in 1962.

The weapon stayed in service until 1986, by which time all of its carrier aircraft had been retired from service. A training version of the missile called the ATR-2A was also developed which contained a white-cloud spotting charge instead of a nuclear warhead for practice firings. These practice rounds were nicknamed "Ting-a-Lings." A ground training version of the rocket was also produced which contained an inert rocket motor and no nuclear warhead. The AIR-2B Super Genie was an advanced version of the rocket.

This AIR-2A Genie and its MF-9 Transport Trailer were obtained from Morton Thiokol in 1986 by the Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Utah for the Hill AFB Heritage Program. It was placed on display at Hill Aerospace Museum when the museum opened in 1987.

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