USAF MARTIN MATADOR MISSILE ROCKET(PROMO MODEL 1955-58)
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THIS IS A VINTAGE PROMO MODEL OF A USAF MISSLE OF THE MARTIN MATADOR TM61-B AND LAUNCH TRAILER. THE MODEL CAME FROM A FRIEND THAT WORKED FOR THE MARTIN COMPANY BACK IN THE 1950s. HE HAS HAD THE MODEL ALL THIS TIME. THE MODEL HAS MARKS ON THE MISSILE AND LOOKS TO HAVE HAD GLUE DRIPPED ON IT. THE MODEL IS A LITTLE FADDED AND DUSTY AND THE HITCH EYE IS MISSING. OVER ALL IT IS IN GOOD CONDITION FOR ITS AGE.THIS WOULD BE A NICE RARE ADDITION TO ANY COLLECTOR. PLEASE LOOK AT THE PHOTOS BEFORE YOU BID, WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET. refference, 1/700 models 1/350 models, 1/35 models,1/48 models,vintage promo models, military models, rocktry,us. missile,vintage toys,us airforce,collector models,old models,cold war missile, us army,model cars.
The Air Force activated the 1st Pilotless Bomber Squadron in October 1951 for test and training purposes. This unit went to Germany with TM-61As (Matadors) in March 1954 and became operational in 1955. Eventually, six missile squadrons (comprising the 38th Tactical Missile Wing) served in Europe with just under 200 TM-61s and TM-76s. But the missile proved less than satisfactory. Missile firings in Florida and Libya dramatically demonstrated low reliability and poor accuracy. Nevertheless, the Matador soldiered on. Martin delivered the 1,000th Matador in mid-1957, but in 1959 a phase-out... read more