Redstone Missile (PGM-11)Redstone Missile (PGM-11)



Countered Soviet ballistic missile advances during the Cold War. Provided tactical missile support to U.S. Army Forces during the Korean War.


Also known as “Old Reliable,” the Redstone was the Army’s first successful heavy ballistic missile. It was a highly-accurate, liquid-propelled, surface-to-surface missile capable of transporting nuclear or conventional warheads against targets at ranges up to approximately 200 miles. The first Redstone launched from Cape Canaveral on August 20, 1953. It successfully launched Explorer I, the first U.S. satellite, into space on January 31, 1958, and was used to launch the first man, Alan Shepard, into space on May 5, 1961.

Redstone was the Army’s first and largest operationally deployed missile. It evolved from the Hermes project and was a forerunner to the Jupiter intermediate range ballistic missile.

The Redstone missile was ceremonially retired at Redstone Arsenal on October 30, 1964.

Key Specifications

  • Length: 69 feet
  • Diameter: 5 feet 10 inches
  • Fin Span: 13 feet
  • Max Range: 200 miles
  • Weight: 30 tons
  • Warhead: Conventional high-explosive or Thermonuclear (W-39)