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The Big Picture - Fort Bliss, Heart of Army Air Defense (1970)

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  •  A history of Ft. Bliss 
  •  The missile age begins 
  •  An Explanation of how missiles operate 
  •  The Army Air Defense training and careers 
  •  The BIRDiE Air Defense System 
  •  The Low Altitude Air Defense Department 
  •  A Hawk Fire Unit targets a threat and is launched 
  •  The Hawk Missile 
  •  The Spartan Missile and Sprint Missile 
  •  Missile firing at McGregor Range 
  •  Practice firing of the Nike Hercules missile 
  •  Graduation ceremony of the army air defense artillery men 
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This episode of “The Big Picture”, a documentary television program produced by the U.S. Army, profiles Fort Bliss army post in El Paso. Beginning with a history of the post from the frontier days through World War II, this program primarily documents Fort Bliss’ role as an Air Defense Artillery Center, focusing on the training and operations of missile air defense at the base. Possible training courses and careers are explained, as well as how missiles function and examples of various missiles current at the time.