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I Dream Of Genie


The Douglas AIR - 2 Genie was an unguided air to air missile with a 1.5 kiloton nuclear warhead. It was deployed by USAF from 1957 to 1985 and could be carried by a wide variety of aircraft.


Above you see a practice firing of the Genie by a F-106 Delta Dart.


Above is a photo of the only detonation of a Genie. It was the final practice firing before deployment.

The intent of the Genie was simple. During the era the missile was in service the Soviet strategy was to send large numbers of bombers to deliver nuclear weapons on the U.S. The U.S. determined the best way to deal with the tactic was to use a single unguided nuclear air to air missile capable of eliminating an entire squadron of bombers.

The cost per unit was a mere $11,000 making the Genie simple, cheap and very effective.

Length: 9’ 7”

Wingspan: 3’ 4”

Diameter: 17”

Weight: 830 pounds

Range: approx. 6 miles

Max speed: Mach 3.3

Warhead: 1.5 kiloton


As missiles go the USAF Genie was impressive but I'll be honest, if I had to choose, I'd still have to go with the Barbara Eden version because even today, I still dream of Jeannie.



"I'm not saying it was Rocket Babe...


"...But it was Rocket Babe..."

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Signed / personalized paperback copies of Rocket Babe - Dust Storm, Rocket Babe - Fallen Angel, Rocket Babe - Ant Men and Rocket Babe - Reflection are all available directly from the author!

Books are great gifts for any occasion! Holidays, birthdays or just because!

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Standard book rate shipping: $4 for 1st book; $1 for each additional book per address in the same order. Please allow 7-10 days for shipping, longer during the holidays.

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Above you see a rare photo of Dave Miller, appropriately dressed in black as owner of the clandestine black ops organization known as Sirius Rocketry! What does he do in his spare time? He reads Rocket Babe, what else?

That's a nice looking Cestris Fighter he's holding too! Get yours from


Verna Starr Cestris Fighter!


Above you see our favorite Sirius kit, the Cestris. The kit is intended to fly on a single engine but it was easily modified to a 3 engine cluster complete with Verna Starr fighter decals, also available from Sirius.



Just click the BLUE link below the banner!



Holiday Launch!


Look at that face.

Our grandson Emmett launched his first rocket a few years ago and he was excited!

Every year just before the holidays begin, I post a reminder to spend an hour or two with the kids out flying. The day after Thanksgiving was always a great time for me and my kids to go launch a few.


Here, Emmett launches my old Centuri Columbia Shuttle.


Our granddaughter Sela, is mesmerized by all the switches and buttons on the launch box but she's ready to go! 


Sela wanted to fly the BIG rocket. She got to push the button for our single engine Saturn V. Yep, it flew on a D12-3. 


Of course, it was a short flight but everything went well and she really loved watching it go!


A short walk and she's ready to go again.

I’ve never been much of a Black Friday shopper mainly because I hate the crowds of people all fighting over the latest gadget or whatever. I try not to go anywhere near a mall or strip center from November 1st through January 5th.

It’s just a lot nicer to find an empty playground or open field where the kids can get some fresh air and exercise.  Chasing rockets is a great way to make a few memories, take some photos and let the kids know they are a priority too.

And if the weather doesn’t co-operate you can still play a board game, take in a movie or even build a rocket to fly during the Christmas holidays. Just get off the couch, put away the laptops and tablets and spend some time with your kids.

You won’t regret it.




She'll go with you anywhere! Kevin, owner and moderator at the Alien Soup  sci-fi forum, enjoys Rocket Babe - Dust Storm between innings at a recent ballgame!


Visit Kevin at Alien Soup and tell him Verna sent you!





Bones says...

"I dream of Jeannie too!"


Verna & Randy's Rockets is proud to have been featured by:


Darrell Mobley's Website Review on Rocketry Planet


Dick Stafford's The Original Rocket Dungeon


Apogee E-Zine Peak Of Flight issue #155


April 2006  Finishing Touches
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Hobby Media Italy


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Jeannie never misses Fire & Smoke!


Who do you fly with? Fly with family!




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