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LAU-3 Rocket Launcher

DAYTON, Ohio - The LAU-3 Rocket Launcher on display in the First In, Last Out: Wild Weasels vs. SAMs exhibit in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - The LAU-3 Rocket Launcher on display in the First In, Last Out: Wild Weasels vs. SAMs exhibit in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The early Wild Weasels (and the accompanying F-105Ds) employed the reusable nineteen-shot LAU-3 rocket launcher to attack SAM sites. The F-100Fs typically carried two LAU-3s while the F-105Ds carried four. 

The LAU-3 could fire its 2.75-inch rockets individually, rapidly in sequence or all at once. These rockets carried either high explosive (HE), high explosive anti-tank (HEAT) or white phosphorus (WP) warheads. 

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