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TODAY IN HISTORY
Base to Base Testing Is Set

Army Missile Plan

Fort Sill, Okla.-AP—The army plans to eventually test its guided missiles by flying them from one base in the United States to another, Maj. Gen. Thomas De Shazo said Monday.

The general, who commands Fort Sill, the army’s artillery center, didn’t say when such a test would be attempted. But, he said the Redstone missile “is approaching that accuracy” which would enable the army to fire it from a base such as Fort Bliss, Tex., to an impact area near Fort Sill, 600 miles away.

Gen. De Shazo said such tests would be nothing for civilians to worry about. The general said all such missiles were equipped with devices which would automatically destroy the weapon if it veered off course by a certain amount. They also can be destroyed at any time in flight through a radio signal, he added.

No Warheads Planned
De Shazo also noted that the army planned to put no nuclear or high explosive charges in the missiles, and that the project was planned to text the missiles in combat situations for accuracy and effect.

De Shazo emphasized that firings would not be attempted until the accuracy and safety of the missiles had been established. He added: “We expect the day is coming very shortly when we can test the missiles over nonmilitary areas to get the battlefield accuracy we must have. We feel that safety will allow that testing just as much as airplanes flying in the air today.”

It was disclosed Sept. 25 that “three or four” air force Matador missiles were launched from the air force missile development center at Alamagordo, N. M., and that they sped through a sparsely populated 575 mile corridor between Alamagordo and the Wendover bomb range in west central Utah without incident.

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The Matadors were escorted by jet planes and air force officials say they could be destroyed or controlled as to course at any time during flight …(The Milwaukee Journal, Dec. 18, 1953).