The Air Force Recovered a Live French Missile in Florida

From Popular Mechanics

  • A commercial airport discovered a French-made missile.
  • Authorities called in the U.S. Air Force and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, which transported it to a nearby air force base for safekeeping.
  • The missile was described as “live,” but authorities are unsure if it has a real explosive warhead. Indications on the casing, however, say it does.

A Florida airport called in the U.S. Air Force last week after discovering a live air-to-air missile. Officials at Lakeland Linder International Airport found the Matra 530 missile in a shipment to a defense contractor that uses the airport to house its fleet of fighter jets. The weapon was transferred to MacDill Air Force Base for disposal.