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B-52 Avionics Panel Guided Missile GAM-72 Program Module - FOR DISPLAY USE ONLY


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During the Cold War, the USAF requested a decoy cruise missile be developed.  The most successful result of that project was the GAM-72 (Guided Air Missile 72), later redesignated ADM-20 Quail.  The ADM-20 Quail was a tailless, high-wing delta designed to simulate the flight patterns and RADAR cross-section of a B-52 in several ways.  The decoy was programmable to make two changes in direction, or one in speed, during its 46- to 55-minute flight, at altitudes of 35,000 to 55,000 feet, and at speeds up to Mach .9.  The ADM-20 could also carry a payload of up to 100 pounds of electronic countermeasures, including chaff and an infrared heat source.  Throughout its service life, McDonnell produced 616 missiles.  Approximately 15 ADM-20's remain in various museums across the United States.  

In 1972, RADAR technology had improved such that RADAR operators could correctly identify B-52's over the decoy 21 out of 23 times, and the USAF recognized the Quail was no longer a credible decoy.  

These items are control panels from the cockpit of a B-52 bomber, which would select one of the programs for the decoy to fly prior to launch.  

Front panel includes dial for "TIME BEFORE INDEX," buttons for "READOUT" and "ENTER," switches for "T.B.I. POWER ON" and "HDG. REF. SET," and a knob for "PROGRAM SELECTOR."

These are being sold FOR DISPLAY ONLY.  No International Sales.  No sales outside continental United States.  

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McDonnell Aircraft Corporation

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