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June 19, 2021


Air Force Says Hypersonic Missile Tests Could Kill Four Snails And 90 Clams

(Thanks to Ralph)


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Snails and clams have always had trouble keeping up.

Even now, lawyers are discussing multi-million dollar settlements for the affected families.



Footage just released of a test fire of the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon hypersonic boost-glide vehicle, or ARRW.

To paraphrase a quote from Maj.'King' Kong (Slim Pickens) in Dr. Strangelove.

"Well, I've been to a worlds fair, a picnic, and a rodeo and that's the stupidest thing I have been told to worry about."

Why do the always use a French clam shack for a target?

O'er the clam parts....

In the old days the Air Force would just clam up about things like this.

Not exactly a fair fight - aiming a hypersonic missile at a SNAIL.

Did they think the snail would be able to avoid getting hit?

All my life, I've watched test launches from Vandenberg AFB head south to land in that atoll. I've never seen snails and clams mentioned before.

Our national defense does put a heavy atoll on native wildlife...

Duh, to kill a supersonic snail you need a hypersonic missile. Elementary strategy described in The Art of War by Sun Tzu.

Will there be a butter garlic sauce for the snails?

What many people do not know is that these missiles are moved to the flight line on mechanical carts, called "cars". For one launch, the crew made a serious error with the car labeled "S". They forgot to remove the tie-downs which held the rocket to the car during transport.

A few seconds after the countdown reached zero, both the rocket and the car vanished over the horizon.

One of the generals watching the test was heard to exclaim "Just look at that S-car go!"

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