The CIM-10 Bomarc surface-to-air missile was a lunatic collaboration between the Michigan Aerospace Research Center and Boeing. A rocket/ramjet hybrid of the rip-roaring postwar military-industrial complex, the Bomarc was designed to hurtle itself into an advancing formation of Tupolevs at 2 1/2 times the speed of sound and detonate a 10-kiloton atomic fireball. With the rise of the ICBM, the Air Force took to using them as target drones and had retired the arsenal by 1972. The very next year, the American auto industry began its protracted slide into unmitigated messiness.
Given Ford's much-ballyhooed product renaissance, it seems somehow fitting they invited us to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to put the new SVT Raptor SuperCrew through its paces at a disused Bomarc missile site — using a repurposed artifact from an era when we led the world to showcase one of the prouder products of an industry desperate to prove its relevance to a jaded populace.