Here is a Nike Hercules missile coming out of its storage hangar and being raised in the air. It is at the Nike Missile Site SF in Marin, California. It is a national park, and is worth the trip to see the museum. Apogee Components (http://www.apogeerockets.com) was there for the NARCON convention of the National Association of Rocketry. The Nike Herc is one of my favorite rockets. The Docent, who worked there in 1969, said that this rocket reaches supersonic speeds before it leaves the end of the launcher. It explodes skyward and is hard to track.