Seeker Head Color
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Here are six close up
photographs of the AIM-9L/M, and a drawing of the missile.
These photos were taken at MCAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in 1997. Of
special note is the date of manufacture for them. They were built in
late 1979! We (VMFA-134) fired them at LUU-2 flares dropped from our
squadron's F/A-18A's over the Pacific.
Our missile "tree" with
four Sidewinders ready to be loaded on a beautiful morning in
Hawaii. Note the various colors of the missiles components.
Photographic proof that there is no such thing as a "standard" color
Image 2 (also see title photo)
Close up shots of the
seeker head. The access door in photo 1 is for the US Air Forces
Argon coolant bottle, which cools the seeker head in flight. The USN
/ USMC does not use this system.
Close up shot of the
warhead. Barely visible is the load date of May 1979.
Overall shot of the
missile body aft of the seeker head.
Close up shot of the tail
section of the missile. The "rollerons" on the corners are to help
stabilize the missile in flight.
Drawing with dimensions in
inches for the AIM-9H/L/M.
Images Copyright © 2003 by Dave Roof
Page Created 14 March, 2003
14 March 2003
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