There are days when a piece of tech just sits at the back of your brain clawing and eating at you. This piece of technology has done that ever since I heard of it’s existence. Seeing one in person just reaffirmed what I thought about it in the first place. Was this an ends to a means or something that was jotted down on a napkin during a bender in Amsterdam?
Now we are going to take a look at the unguided nuclear air to air rocket known as the Genie. Take a second and reread that sentence and take note of the word unguided. Let it just wash it’s way through your head. It’s an unguided nuclear rocket. Just fire and hope it hits some enemy aircraft. No you didn’t read that wrong; this rockets reason for existence is to be lobbed into a bomber stream and bring the whole damned thing down in one great big mushroom cloud of AMERICAN AWESOMENESS!
It doesn’t matter where it lands since it will be used over Europe and Russia mostly and we are saving them from the godless pinko commies. Plus with a range of only six miles it really wasn’t going to go far before hitting the bombers or missing and heading for the ground.
From the Wikipedia entry we learn that we were nice enough to give them the Canadians to use against the Russian bombers. Remember Canadians don’t ever say we don’t share our best toys with you. If you want to see these in person head down to the Air Mobility Command Museum at the Dover Air Force Base where an inert Genie sits on display.