McDonnell Douglas AIR-2A Genie Rocket

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The Air-2A Genie rocket is an unguided air to air rocket with a 1.5 kiloton nuclear warhead.  It was designed to be used against enemy bombers.

Designed by the Douglas Aircraft Company (later to become McDonnell Douglas) in 1955, the Air-2A was originally known as the MB-1.  The Genie became operational, January 1957.  On July 19, 1957 a USAF F-89J Scorpion aircraft launched  a Genie from an altitude of 18,000 feet.  The rocket was detonated over the Yucca Flats, Nevada. This was the first and only test detonation of a U.S. made nuclear-tipped air to air rocket in North America.

The Genie was primarily carried on F-89J Scorpion, F-101B Voodoo, F-102A Delta Dagger and F-106A Delta Dart aircraft.  The production of the Genie ended in 1962 and remained in USAF service until the mid- 1980s.

Museum Examples:

The Genie was the lcon weapon system of the  CF-101 Voodoo.  The Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum currently has two Genie rockets in it collection.   Both are the training version of the Genie rocket.  They have an inert rocket motor and no  warhead.  The training version is  known as the ATR-2N.


ORIGIN –          Douglas Aircraft Company,  U.S.A.
TYPE –               Unguided Air-to-Air Rocket
PROPULSION –      Thiockol TU-289 solid motor with 16,600 kg (36,600 lb) thrust
DIMENSIONS –    Length 2.946m (9ft 8in)
Span  (fins extended)  1.016m (3ft 4in)
Body diameter (except warhead)
44.5cm (17.5in)
LAUNCH WEIGHT –   373kg (822lb)
RANGE –            8-10km (5-6.2 miles)

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