Sunday, July 31, 2011
I took the kids to Pearl Harbor last weekend and saw the usual World War II memorabilia -- except this one. In fact, this Poseidon C3 submarine-launch ballistic missile has enough firepower bomb Hiroshima 14 times over. A relic of this cold war (not WWII), this is the only publicly displayed Poseidon C3 anywhere in the world and it shows the 14 slots where the independent warheads (MIRVs) were mounted. This one was a mockup used for engineering evaluation at the contractor's facility. Just to the left of the rocket fairing are the mounts for the nukes. Count 'em. Four bunched up at the center and ten more in a concentric circle around. All 14 slots can each take a nuke.