A bit of Bomarc

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This goes back to July 2013, when I just happened to be at the Bomarc Site in North Bay.

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In the fall of 1958 Prime Minister John Diefenbaker’s Conservative government announced an agreement with the US to deploy two squadrons of the American ramjet-powered Bomarc antiaircraft missile in Canada.

This Bomarc Site was constructed as an RCAF BOMARC Missile Site in December 1962 at a site in North Bay, Ontario. The site was built with above ground missile launchers for 28 BOMARC B Model missiles. Another 28 missiles were deployed at La Macaza, Québec.  The Bomarc B was designated IM-99B, with the addition of a Thiokol solid rocket booster housed under the missile’s body. The booster produced a thrust of 50,000 pounds, and was fired for 30 seconds before it was jettisoned.

Each missile was designed to be fitted with a U.S. W-40 nuclear warhead. The Bomarc The W40 was 18 in (460 mm) in diameter, 32 in (810 mm) long, and weighed around 385 lb (175 kg). It had a design yield of 10 kilotons. The warheads were delivered on 31 December 1963.

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