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L55-15.01.05 Operation Fishhook testing of Polaris at San Clemente Island California

<p>L55-15.01.05 Operation Fishhook testing of Polaris at San Clemente Island California</p>
Title: L55-15.01.05 Operation Fishhook testing of Polaris at San Clemente Island California
Caption:
Description: Labeled "Operation Fishhook", a giant U.S. Navy retrieving crane catches multi-ton Polaris research missile in mid-air after firing during progressive tests simulating submerged submarine launching. Shown left to right the Polaris dummy breaks surface after being fired from submerged launching tube, the missile in ascent and suspension of the missile from the fish hook rig in mid-air. Braked by fish hooks hydraulic engine the test missile is caught in mid-air preventing its falling back into the sea and obliterating structural test data obtained during launching. Fish hook is in operation at San Clemente Island, Calif. Sea Range of the U.S. Naval Ordnance Test Station at China Lake and Pasadena.
Catalog #: L55-15.01.05
Copyright Owner: Naval History and Heritage Command
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