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Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge


ALBM 199-C


Classification: Air-Launched Ballistic Missile Prototype


Length: Unconfirmed


Diameter: Unconfirmed


Date of First Cape Canaveral Launch: September 5, 1958


Date of Final Cape Canaveral Launch: June 4, 1959


Number Launched from Cape Canaveral: 3


Like the Martin Company Bold Orion (designated ALBM 199-B) ALBM 199-C represented a short-term research and development program funded by the Air Force in the late 1950's to determine the feasibility of launching ballistic missiles from aircraft. ALBM 199-C was a joint venture of Convair and Lockheed.


Precious little is known about the ALBM 199-C, which apparently never received a name. Since it was designed to be launched from B-58 Hustler aircraft, the missile has been referred to in anecdotal accounts as the "B-58 ALBM" (pronounced B-58 AL-BUM).


Just three ALBM 199-C missiles were launched between September 5, 1958 and June 4, 1959. Each was launched from a B-58 Hustler, which carried one missile slung under the center of the aircraft. The B-58 Hustler flights originated at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida and the missiles were launched over Atlantic waters east of Cape Canaveral.


Aside from a few photos and anecdotal accounts, information about the ALBM 199-C vehicle and its performance are scarce. This is likely due to the limited number of launches, the classified nature of the program and the fact that an identifiable weapons program never emerged.



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