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He (der Photograph) arrived in Uist weeks before a secret survey of the island as a possible testing place for America’s first nuclear missile. By the time the shutter closed on his final photograph the South Uist Rocket Range was a done deal and the world’s first nuclear missile was flying high across the Atlantic over St. Kilda. When the beauty’s in the place, we walk away.
Operation Hardrock established the need for St Kilda as an early warning radar outpost during the Cold War, and led to the building of a rocket tracking station on Hirta, which evolved into an MoD Base for the South Uist Rocket Range.