Redstone Trainer Missile
Redstone School, Department of Materiel
USAAMS, Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Armed Forces Day, May 1959
Fort Sill, Oklahoma
The crew has started the loading of Liquid Oxygen (LOX) into the thrust unit oxidizer tank.
The extreme low temperature of LOX, -297 degrees F. or lower, causes a condensation band to form around the outer skin of the missile. The tactical missile tank holds 25,000 lb. of LOX. The trainer missile has a much smaller shallow tank that wraps around the circumference of the thrust unit, but still provides the ability to train the fueling crew in the handling and loading of LOX.