Card 4 Atlas Santa Claus

Card 4 Atlas Santa Claus

Card #4 Atlas Santa Claus shows an old photograph of an Atlas rocket decorated like Santa Claus for Christmas, with the description: “An Air Force Museum tradition for the Christmas Season, the Atlas Santa Claus. Once a weapon for defense of the U.S., the Atlas Missile now serves mankind in an entirely different role, the peaceful exploration of space.” I am guessing that this picture was taken in the 1970s at the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. On display at Christmas at the Air Force Space and Missile Museum, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

2 Responses to Card 4 Atlas Santa Claus

  1. Bernard Biales says:

    I remember that bizarre business. It was probably about 1960, at least in its earliest incarnation, at the old museum, that was open to the public from 1954 to about 1971. These Atlas missiles were actually thin metal balloons that would collapse if not pressurized. i am sure the Museum has lost one and maybe two to depressurization incidents.
    Bernard Biales

    • Pam says:

      I had absolutely no idea it was inflated! Thank you for that info – very interesting! Love all this space stuff.

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