AAM-A-1 Firebird on DB-26B Invader August 1949

Ryan AAM-A-1 FIREBIRD air-to-air missile on wing pylon of Douglas DB-26B INVADER drone-controller aircraft at Holloman AFB, New Mexico.

The AAM-A-1 Firebird was an early American air-to-air missile, developed by the Ryan Aeronautical Company.

The first air-to-air missile program developed for the United States Air Force, the Firebird was extensively tested in the late 1940s; although it proved successful in testing, it was soon obsolete due to the rapid advances in aircraft and missile technology at the time and did not enter production.

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