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Regulus: The First Nuclear Missile Submarines (2002)

A documentary history of the development and deployment of the Cold War's ultimate weapon: the nuclear missile submarine. Features interviews with Navy veterans and footage never-before-seen by the public.



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Regulus: The First Nuclear Missile Submarine is a documentary about the Navy's struggle, in the era immediately following WWII, to develop and deploy a submarine-launched nuclear missile. In 1946, tests began using Nazi V-1 "buzz bombs" launched from the decks of American diesel submarines. Seven years later, the submarine USS Tunny successfully launched the Regulus nuclear cruise missile, and a whole new era in the history of the Navy, the submarine and the Cold War began! REGULUS features recently declassified footage, as well as interviews with the submariners, rocket scientists, and test pilots involved in the development and deployment of the weapon. This includes never-before-seen images of tests of modified V-1s at Point Mugu Naval Air Station, and the flight test program for Regulus at Edwards Air Force Base in 1950. The documentary also describes the deployment era of the Regulus submarines (1958-1964). These were the first boats to perform deterrent patrols in the history of... Written by <Regulusdoc@aol.com>

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21 April 2002 (USA)  »

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I highly recommend this visual history of the Regulus Missile Program. It's a wonderful tribute to all those involved.
10 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

What a great presentation of the US Navy's first entry into a viable nuclear deterrence system to safeguard peace. The development of the system was never easy, and there were problems along the way, but through the dedication and commitment of so many patriotic Americans, a solid foundation was built.

This video is full of great shots that clearly show just how difficult the development process can be. "Hats Off" to the extraordinary efforts of the scientists and navy personnel involved with the development and deployment of the Regulus missiles, and to Nick Spark and his crew for a job well done in the production of his visual history!

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