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AIR-2 Genie was an air to air rocket. Genie was developed during the Cold War when fears were high of enemy bombers flying to and attacking the United States. Because of the damage a bomber equipped with nuclear weapons could inflict the U.S. Air Force was ready to fight waves of enemy air craft with Genie over population centers by any means necessary.

Armed with a 1.5 kiloton nuclear warhead and able to reach speeds exceeding Mach 3 this air to air rocket could strike a formation of air targets 6 miles away with a 1000ft blast radius. Genie had no guidance system and relied on a time delay fuse to detonate.

Genie was a weapon option for various aircraft including F-89 Scorpion, F-101 Voodoo, and the F-106 Delta Dart until its retirement in 1985.

Developed By: U.S. Air Force
Length: 9 feet
Diameter: 17 inches
Weight: 800 pounds
Range: 6 miles
Propellant: Solid
First Firing: 1956
Patch: F-106, one of the fighter types that used Genie
Patch of the F-106, one of the fighter types that used Genie
Photos: Genie rocket
 
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