US ''Tiny Tim'' Rocket

  • World War II
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Properly identified as The Caltech Anti-Ship Missile, The ''Tiny Tim'' was a 1944 World War II US Naval Ordnance device. The goal of ''Tiny Tim'' was to allow The US Navy to deploy a round capable of sinking heavy-classes of Enemy Warships. Developed by The California Institute of Technology, ''Tiny Tim'' was 1,200-pounds in weight. Containing a Warhead with 150-pounds of TNT (HE), the device was 11-feet long with wing stabiliziers roughly 40-inches in width The ''Tim'' was 11-inches in diameter. As a rocket, it used a solid fueled propellant which allowed for 3,000 pounds of thrust maintained for 2 seconds. This thrust gave the missile a 550-mile per hour airspeed. The ''Tim'' was aircraft (Fighter) deployed.

 

Both The US Navy and Marines deployed The ''Tim'' – with The Battles for Okinawa (Pacific) being the first campaign. So effective, Caltech designed a larger version to be named The ''Richard''. This development was never realized. The ''Tiny Tim'' remained in the US Arsenal, seeing extensive service during The Korean Conflict from it's beginning in 1950. However The ''Tim'' was designed for prop driven aircraft. The Korean War (the first modern ''Jet War''), not only Jet technology but Missile development quickly found The ''Tiny Tim'' discontinued by 1951.