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9. AIR / AFSC / Vandenberg airbase

Last modified: 24 Apr 2022, submitted by: Joker

Country: United States    Region: Calif.

Latitude: 34° 46' 42" N     Longitude: -121° 24' 0" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed


Former US Air Force Space Command Vandenberg airbase (CA), disused facilities
The Space and Missile Heritage Center preserves and displays artifacts and memorabilia to interpret the evolution of missile and spacelift activity at Vandenberg from the beginning of the Cold War through current non-classified developments in military, commercial, and scientific space endeavors.
The Center is located at Space Launch Complex 10, Vandenberg's only National Historic Landmark and open for regularly scheduled tours through the Public Affairs office

3445′22″N 12037′35″W / Space Launch Complex 1E (75-3-5) 1959 1968
3445′26″N 12037′50″W / SLC 1W (75-3-4) 1959 1971
Both sites built in 1958 for never activated 75th SMS for Thor Agena A launches. Both upgraded 1966. Respectively deactivated when phasing out Thor-Agena in 1968 and 1971

3438′37″N 12035′34″W / SLC 3W (1-1) 1960 1995
Activated 1960. First used to launch Atlas Agena B with Samos payloads. Rebuilt 1963 to support launch of KH-4 Corona recon satellites atop Thor-Agena. Upgraded in 1966. Used for later Thor-Agena and Delta I launches in 1960s and early 1970s. Refurbished in 1973 to accommodate surplus Atlas ICBM's in space launch role. Deactivated 1995 and tower demolished in 2000.

3437′59″N 12036′56″W / SLC 4W (2-3) 1963 2003
Built 1963 as Atlas-Agena D pad for launch of KH-7 recon satellites. Upgraded in 1966. Rebuilt 19651966 for Titan IIIB with military payloads. Began launching Titan 23/24B and Titan 34B. Modified to accommodate former LGM-25C Titan II ICBMs for space launch vehicles (Titan IIG), 1988 and deactivated 2003 with last Titan IIG expended.

3436′28″N 12037′27″W / SLC 5 1962 1994
Scout missile launch pad, used during the life of that vehicle from 1962 to 1994.

3445′45″N 12037′17″W / SLC 10E (LE7) 1959 1962
3445′49″N 12037′29″W / SLC 10W 1959 1980
3445′51″N 12037′22″W Space and Missile Heritage Center
SLC 10E (launch pad 75-2-7) and SLC 10W (75-2-6) activated as Thor-Delta pads in 1959. Upgraded in 1961. and inactivated 1962. 10W continued ops with various configurations of the Thor-Delta until its phaseout in 1980. Declared a National Historic Landmark 1986, SLC 10 is the best surviving example of a launch complex built in the 1950s at the beginning of the US effort to explore space.

3448′23″N 12032′39″W / 395 Alpha 1 (1961 1964)
3448′19″N 12032′42″W / 395 Alpha 2 (1963 1965)
3448′23″N 12032′42″W / 395 Alpha 3 (1962 1965)
HGM-25A Titan I ICBM, 3 operational alert sites. Primarily used for research and development launches

3446′57″N 12036′25″W / 395 Bravo (1964-1969) LGM-25C Titan II ICBM, test and training facility,

3444′02″N 12035′47″W / 395 Charlie (1963-1975)
LGM-25C Titan II ICBM test and training facility and the site of the first Titan II launch at Vandenberg AFB. In 1969 complexes B and D deactivated and complex C was mothballed,

3442′27″N 12035′22″W / 395 Delta LGM-25C Titan II ICBM training facility, (196369)

3446′36″N 12036′06″W / 576 Alpha 1 (Oct 1962 Sep 1974)Site A 576 Alpha 1
3446′51″N 12036′00″W / 576 Alpha 2 (Sep 1959 Aug 1971) 576 Alpha 2,
3446′39″N 12035′48″W / 576 Alpha 3 (Jan 1960 Oct 1989)576 Alpha 3
SM-65D Atlas ICBM. operational sites, above ground with open support towers. On alert from 31 October 1959 until 1 May 1964. After going off alert in 1964, Alpha 1 and 2 were used by USAF for Atlas satellite rocket launches until 1974; Alpha 3 was used by the American Rocket Corporation until 1989,

3447′36″N 12035′41″W / 576 Baker 1 (Jul 1960 Jun 1966) Site B 576 Baker 1
3447′27″N 12035′30″W / 576 Baker 2 (Apr 1960 Nov 1967) 576 Baker 2,
3447′23″N 12035′45″W / 576 Baker 3 (Sep 1960 Oct 1967) 576 Baker 3
SM-65D Atlas, Site 1 active from 1960 to 1966. Site 2 active from June 1959 to November 1967. Site 3 was active from September 1960 to January 1965, then was used for the space program from May 1965 to October 1967.

3448′32″N 12035′01″W / 576 Charlie (1963)
SM-65E Atlas, built 1963. Atlas E would normally be semi-buried, but at Vandenberg it was constructed above ground for testing but resembled a normal site in most respects. 3 Atlas demo and shakedown ops launches occurred July September 1963 and then deactivated

3449′14″N 12033′25″W / 576 Delta (1963-1964)
SM-65F Atlas, Atlas F Operational Suitability Test facility, the 2nd for Atlas ICBM because of significant differences with the earlier Atlas missiles. 2 demo and shakedown ops launches March August 1963 and then deactivated

3447′46″N 12035′20″W / 576 Foxtrot (1961-1964)
SM-65E Atlas, Operational Suitability Test Facility for Atlas E missiles. 10 launches June 1961 August 1964 and then deactivated.

3449′21″N 12033′37″W / 576 Golf (1962-1965)
SM-65F Atlas, Operational Suitability Test Facility for Atlas F. 7 launches August 1962 January 1965 and then deactivated

3448′02″N 12035′57″W / BOM 1 and 2 (1966-1986)
Used for CIM-10 Bomarc interceptors. 2 Bomarc launchers with a support building in between. USN personnel launched the missiles as targets. The last 2 launches for Navy test program in July 1982.

3448′13″N 12036′02″W / HP-06 (1985) BGM-109 Tomahawk Ground Launched Cruise Missile.

3448′15″N 12032′46″W / OSTF8
HGM-25A Titan I ICBM Operational Suitability Test Facility. Destroyed 1960 when elevator failed while lowering a fueled missile into the silo.

3448′25″N 12032′57″W / 68SLTF (1961-19..)
LGM-25C Titan II Silo Launch Test Facility for Titan II ICBM, later becoming Titan II Operations and Maintenance Missile Trainer

3440′44″N 12035′32″W / LCA (1959-1966)
Former Launch Complex A, Naval Missile Facility, Point Arguello used for Blue Scout Jr; Nike Javelin; Honest John; Black Brant; Astrobee 1500, Nike Asp; Seagull and Dac Roc sounding rockets

3440′07″N 12035′53″W / LCB (1960-1964)
Former Launch Complex B, Naval Missile Facility. Used for Nike Viper I; Terrier Asp IV, Kiva/Hope; Deacon Arrow II; Nike Cajun, and Astrobee 1500 sounding rockets

3450′41″N 12035′05″W / LF02 (1963-2004)
LGM-30 Minuteman I/II/III; LGM-118 Peacekeeper testing. Originally a Minuteman 394th SMS silo, first launch April 1963. Upgraded 1964. Used for Minuteman until July 1975. Modified for Peacekeeper use in 1986. Used for LGM-118 until July 2004.

3451′44″N 12036′34″W / LF05 (1962-2000)
LGM-30 Minuteman I/II/III; LGM-118 Peacekeeper testing; Modified for use by Peacekeeper 1989, first LGM-118 launch March 1990. Last launch March 2000

3452′58″N 12038′09″W / LF06 (1963-2007)
LGM-30 Minuteman I/II/III. LF-06 is a candidate site for Ground Based Interceptor (GBI) launches

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