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M55 Rocket Disposal Program Study, M55-CD-2, for Airfield Construction Feasibility

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A study was conducted evaluating the feasibility of constructing airfields on each of the five U.S. installations now storing M55 rockets. Additionally, similar analyses were made for upgrading selected civilian airfields near the storage installations. The study assumed temporary-use airfields capable of handling movement of the M55 stockpile to a central disposal facility using C-141B military transports. Airfield criteria were developed using existing military technical manuals, advice of the Military Airlift Command, and in the absence of definite criteria, engineering judgement. It was found feasible to construct airfields at each of the five installations. It was found impractical to build directly on the installation of Anniston Army Depot, Alabama, but Pelham Range of Fort McClellan offers a site just a mile north of the storage site which allows for operation totally within federal property. Building on the Blue Grass Activity was believed more preferable to upgrading the Madison Airport, Madison County, Kentucky because the costs were practically the same then, difficulties of buying civilian property, relocating and upgrading public roads, transporting over civilian roads, can all be avoided by staying on the installation. Upgrading of the civilian roads, can all be avoided by staying on the installation. Upgrading of the civilian airports near Anniston Army Depot for C-141B use was found to be impractical. Keywords M-55 rockets Pine Bluff Arsenal, Arkansas Toole Army Depot, Utah Air transportation and Landing fields.

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  • Terminal Flight Facilities
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare

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