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ADM-20 Quail Missile Memos

Photo courtesy of: Mike Murphy

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1978 at Fairchild AFB
The last of the ADM's being destroyed

Where's the Pilot ?

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Sam Jones relates the following  incident:

A  B-52 was coming back to Ramey with a Quail down on the tracks, testing the engine, when the Pilot put the Aircraft in to a tight_G turn, and slung the Quail off. It went into a hill covered with banana trees. A farmer called up Ramey and Said " I found a small Airplane up here" but I can't find the Pilot. We went and got it, brought it back to the hanger.

Do You Remember?

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Courtesy of: Allen Edwards

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ADM-20 Quail MissleC Wing Fold Actuator

 

Were there changes to the ADM that we we were not aware of?

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The Past
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The Future

Did Your Know?

In contrast to early wind tunnels and small models, modern tunnels can accommodate tests of some full-scale vehicles with propulsion systems operating.

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The first aerodynamic/propulsion test run at the Arnold Engineering Development Center in the 16-foot transonic tunnel determined the start capabilities of a full scale GAM 72 decoy missile's J-85 turbojet engine.
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This is the GAM-72 Quail in Arnold Engineering Development Center's 16-foot transonic propulsion wind tunnel in 1959.

Gone But Not Forgotten

Courtesy of Joe Tafolla

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Article from Air Force Magazine - April 2003

Some Memorable Artistic Work

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A model of a Gam-72 including a
life like missile handler.

A Popular Mechanics Article From 1960

Courtesy of: Phil Farris

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What Is It?

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If memory serves me, which it does less and less, it is the Keithly 502 tester we used to test the ethylene oxide bottle squibs that released the ethylene oxide to assist engine start at high altitude.

Carl (Fred) Pirkle

 

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