When You Fish in Florida, You Get Live Sidewinder Missile

by OldSailor on June 12, 2009

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fishingRodney Salomon thought he is lucky to get a missile while fishing in the Gulf of Mexico in the last week of May. He thought that he can keep this missile as a souvenir and plant it like a tree in the shade of his back yard.

Bad luck. As the missile was found to be live, it had to be safely dismantled and disposed.

Some interesting features of this missile fishing are:

  • the rusted 9 foot long missile was reeled in the Gulf of Mexico about 50 miles off Panama City in Florida.
  • in fact, Salomon pulled two missiles off the sea floor during fishing and he kept the best looking missile in his boat.Sidewinder_missile
  • the missile was kept in the fishing boat for more than a week till his return to harbor on June 08.
  • as Salomon reported to local administration about the missile catch, it was inspected and found to be a live, unarmed, supersonic, air-to-air, AIM-9 Sidewinder, heat-seeking missile.
  • a missile disposal squad from MacDill Air Force Base, safely dismantled the missile in an empty parking lot.

View some interesting video clips of Rodney Salomon’s interview:

Here is the Fact File of AIM-9 Sidewinder Missile from U.S.Navy.

Read more from BBC News.

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