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5-inch HVAR

Loading 5-inch HVARs (High Velocity Aircraft Rocket) for a mission. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Loading 5-inch HVARs (High Velocity Aircraft Rocket) for a mission. (U.S. Air Force photo)

B-26 on an attack run fires one of its 5-inch rockets. In the top part of the photo are two rockets fired from another B-26. (U.S. Air Force photo)

B-26 on an attack run fires one of its 5-inch rockets. In the top part of the photo are two rockets fired from another B-26. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Armorers mount the warhead of an HVAR. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Armorers mount the warhead of an HVAR. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Two 500-pound high-explosive bombs and eight 5-inch HVARs illustrate the firepower of a combat-laden F-84E "Thunderjet" fighter-bomber. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Two 500-pound high-explosive bombs and eight 5-inch HVARs illustrate the firepower of a combat-laden F-84E "Thunderjet" fighter-bomber. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- 5-inch High Velocity Aircraft Rocket (HVAR) exhibit in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- 5-inch High Velocity Aircraft Rocket (HVAR) exhibit in the Korean War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

USAF fighter-bombers used the High Velocity Aircraft Rocket (HVAR) to knock out communist tanks, trains and bunkers. Developed by the U.S. Navy in World War II, the HVAR's warhead carried a deadly load of TNT that sped to the target at 1,360 feet per second.

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