Important Announcement

We would like to thank our loyal fellow members of the Nike Historical Society for your continued support over the years. We will be closing the Society, including the store, as of March 31, 2024. We have acquired a large repository of Nike technical information. The web site will continue to be available. It has been our pleasure to keep the legacy of the Nike missile's contribution of the successful conclusion to the Cold War.

the Board of Directors
Nike Historical Society


Film, Videos, Movies

  1. The Nike Hercules Story (27 minutes)
  2. Introduction to the Nike Hercules System (22 minutes)
  3. Operation Hole Card (7 minutes)
  4. (Hercules) Unpacking, Inspection, and Fin Installation (30 minutes)
  5. (Hercules) Hydraulic Pumping Unit, Air and Oil Servicing (30 minutes)
  6. (Hercules) Preparation of Warhead and Forward Body Sections (30 minutes)
  7. Interconnecting Vans, Radar, Launchers, etc. with Cabling (10 minutes)
  8. Nike Hercules Missile and Launching Area Daily Checks and Adjustment (19 minutes)
  9. Several Nike Ajax Launches (1 minute)
  10. Nike Hercules Launch and Target Intercept (2 minutes)
  11. Nike Hercules: Long Range Defense (10 minutes)

From: "Gerald Browning"
To: <>

Subject: Army training film "Preparation of Warhead and Forward Body Sections"
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 23:33:40 -0500

To the Nike Missile Historian and also the Webmaster. Just as information to you, I just viewed the new movie that you have added titled Army training film "Preparation of Warhead and Forward Body Sections". This is one of three movies that were made at Site SF-88 (A Battery 2nd Missile Battalion 51st Artillery). I was stationed there from Jan. 1965 until Oct. 1967 and I am in this film. This movie was made somewhere around 1966 I think. Additionally, the E6 in the film was actually a warrant officer named Mr. Smith. The E5 was Woody Wade section chief of B Section. The E4 was Steven Rhinehart. The PFC's on the chain hoist were Danny Crowe Lexington Ky. And me Gerald Browning Knoxville, Tn. I cannot remember the guy working at the tool bench. It took us 3 or 4 months to make these films. We did so many takes and retakes we could build a Nike Herc in our sleep blindfolded. Shortly after we made these films we went to SNAP. Our warhead team built the missile the first day, checked it out the morning of the second day and hauled it to the launcher and cleared the range. We made a perfect score and I think the highest score that had ever been recorded to date at the range. We goofed off the rest of the week while the rest of our battery were doing their thing. This is the first time that I have ever seen this movie. Thank you for adding it.

Respectfully yours,

Gerald Browning

Just to refresh your memory, my name is Gerald Browning. I was stationed at Site SF-88 from Jan. 65 until Oct. 67. While there I participated in making three army training films. You had one of them, "Forward Body Section," on the web site for a while. Well, I just found another one of the films. Below is the link to it. It is an overview of the entire American Air Defense System. It begins with the Herc at 9:34 into the 28 minute film. I appear at 11:23 bringing a missile up on the elevator. I am the one standing beside of the E-5. The gentleman who narrates this film is a famous actor, but I can't remember his name. The title of this film is Big Picture Army Air Defense Command (ARADCOM): The Inner Ring...
The video below was made in 1997 by television station KTVU. At that time, the Nike Historical Society received the copy we still have today. It is a very low resolution video which won't appear much better if you make it larger.
Our Town: SF-88L (4 minutes, tiny format, video © 1997 KTVU provided by KTVU Our Town Logo)