U.S. Army U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command Skip Navigation Links
Skip navigation links
Phone Book
Press Center
Skip navigation links
Missiles in Missile ParkExpand Missiles in Missile Park
Regional History (Baylor, Garrett, Cox and more)
Rockets: History and Theory
V-2 Rocket
White Sands Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame Guidelines and Procedures
Launch Complex 33 (National Historic Landmark)
Chronology: Cowboys to V-2s to the Space Shuttle to lasers
Navy at White Sands


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
This page was last updated on 4/8/2010 12:36 PM