UPDATED: May 25th, 2009
PYE WACKET

Response to an information request to the Air Force Historical Research Agency was small yet contained some interesting information. Of prime concern is the inference that the Pye Wacket missile technology is still under classification. Minor items are being, or have been, declassified but it is believed the major portion of the project is still covered. The cover sheet for the "report" (shown on the left, click on it to see a larger more readable image) reveals many blacked out areas indicating various declassification notes. Most notable is a label placed at the top reading, "DOCUMENT RETAINS CLASSIFICATION, EXCEPT DECLASSIFIED IAW EO12958, SAFEPAPER, DATE 7 Sep 2006"

This all points to the small, not even two page, report which is abstracted from the whole report. It's two pages numbered II-24 & II-25. It gives some test information from the Arnold tests. Of interest is an actual nomenclature of the Pye Wacket missile as WS 740A and a document number of the original report, of possible use in future research. There is also mention of a carrier missile for testing purposes which is not found anywhere else.

The entire content of the report regarding Pye Wacket activity is presented here. Not much but of interest.

LENTICULAR Rocket Development (WS 740A)
Development tests, requested by the Air Proving Ground Center (ARDC), of a LENTICULAR* shaped air-to-air short range missile during the July - December 1960 period of Center history included several aerodynamic investigations. This LENTICULAR shape had been selected for its omni directional launch capabilities, and control of the missile was to be accomplished by control jets flush-mounted on the upper and lower surfaces of the missile centerline.

Tests of LENTICULAR shapes were made at the von Karman Gas Dynamics Facility tunnels and the 16-Ft Transonic Tunnel at the Propulsion Wind Tunnel at Mach numbers ranging from the transonic to 18.0. Static stability and aerodynamic effects of control jets on a 1/3-scale missile model were conducted at transonic and supersonic speeds. This data was required for the development of a Feasibility Test Vehicle (FTV). (36)

Static stability tests were also conducted at transonic and supersonic speeds on rocket configurations designed to carry the LENTICULAR shaped vehicles to altitudes for free-fall tests. The carrier missile was designed for flights at Mach numbers up to 5.0 and was a three-stage missile with a payload compartment and spike on the forward end. This missile was to be used for the flight testing of experimental hypersonic model shapes by carrying the models aloft to a predetermined altitude and then releasing them for free-f1ight back to earth. The Carrier rocket was also being developed by the Air Proving Ground Center (ARDC).

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