Second Edition of
"Rings of Supersonic Steel"
is now available

e-mail from Mark Berhow - August 19, 2002 about Second Edition of

"Rings of Supersonic Steel"

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Rings of Supersonic Steel
Air Defenses of the United States Army 1950-1979
An Introductory History and Site Guide
By Mark Morgan and Mark Berhow
Published by The Fort MacArthur Military Press, 2002

Rings of Supersonic Steel is a short history of the United Statesı continental air defense missile network. The backbone of this defense, from 1954 to 1974, was the Armyıs Nike surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. This book provides a brief overview of the Army Air Defense Command (ARADCOM) and the major United States air defense systems SAM systems of the U.S. Army; the BOMARC interceptor missile system of the US Air Force; and the U.S. Army Sentinel/Safeguard ABM systems. It is 194 pages long, with more than 150 illustrations, revised text and site guide, and a completely updated bibliography. This publication contains a complete survey of all Nike, BOMARC, and Safeguard sites in the Continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada. The illustrations for this second edition have been substantially upgraded with a more extensive selection of photographs. Both the introductory text and the site survey have been expanded upon and corrected with information from new resources cited in the bibliography and from fellow enthusiasts.

The book is available directly from the publisher/distributor. The price is $19.95 per copy plus $5.00 for shipping and handling. Discounts are available for bulk orders over 5 copies.

Hole in the Head Press
PO Box 807
Bogeda Bay, CA 94923
It will soon be available from the Fort MacArthur Museum shop, see their web page at for ordering details.

More specific information on the book and other information on the Nike missile program can be obtained from author Mark Berhow at He also has a supplemental CD ROM of Nike source material for those that are interested. Contact him for more details.