Martin AAM-N-4 Oriole

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Once again, a little known project; for which the only real resource is Designation Systems Net.

Photograph found in NHC files; probably of XAAM-N-4 prototype flight tests:
 

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I'm pretty sure that one's talked about quite a bit in the book "U.S. Naval Air Superiority".
 

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Some links on the Oriole missile:

http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/app1/aam-n-4.html

http://www.flickr.com/photos/63014123@N02/5763170020/lightbox/

http://www.air-and-space.com/Pt_Mugu_Command_History_Storage_Facility.htm

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The mystery of the weight of the Martin AAM-N-4 Oriole

Hmm..
Wikipedia lists weight as 1500lb. Tommy Thomason says 400lb. Flight (1955) says 1500lb. Bill Gunston's missile book says 1,500lb.


Dimensions quoted by TT are 11.5ft x 11 in. Comparing volumes to Sparrow (assuming a cylinder for simplicity) seems to show about 1.6 times the volume of Sparrow yet almost the same weight.
Wikipedia figure is plainly wrong unless it was made from depleted uranium, but 400lbs seems a bit light - somewhere circa 650lbs would make some kind of sense.


Anyone able to shed some light, preferably from a primary source? A Standard Missile Characteristics sheet would be nice :)
 

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What it the missile next to the Regulus? It looks to me as if it could be a ramjet, is it a Typhon?

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Are you talking about the missiles in the background? The one on the left is a Standard ARM, the one on the right is a Harpoon with a very wrong nosecap. There's a comprehensive set of images from the Point Mugu missile park here:


http://www.air-and-space.com/Pt%20Mugu%20Missile%20Park.htm
 

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Thanks for that, the nose cap confused me.

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