Fifty years ago on 11-May-62

For general discussion with your fellow Atlas E/F crewdogs, maintainers and cops. Formerly based at Altus AFB, OK, Dyess AFB, TX, Fairchild AFB, WA, Forbes AFB, KS, Lincoln AFB, NE, Plattsburgh AFB, NY, Schilling AFB, KS, Walker AFB, NM, and Vandenberg AFB, CA, F.E. Warren AFB, WY. On alert from 1 Sep 1959 to 12 Apr 1965. Share your stories and meet up with an old friend.

Fifty years ago on 11-May-62

Postby Atlas D MMT on Fri May 11, 2012 12:24 pm

In May of 1962 seventeen months after joining the USAF I received my first set of TDY orders from FE Warren AFB, WY to Vandenberg AFB, CA. I was a member of a ten person APCHE Launch Maintenance Crew assigned to prepare Atlas 127D (60-5469) for operation “Cannonball Flyer”. The launch was my first of four launches and the MCCC was Major Flaugher and his combat launch crew was from the 565th Strategic Missile Squadron, FE Warren AFB, WY.
On 11-May-62 Atlas 127D lifted off from the 576th Strategic Missile Squadron’s launch and service building B-3 at 1731PDT and successfully reached the Eniwetok Lagoon 4385 nautical miles down range 6 tenths of a nautical mile short and to the right of the target.
Photos below:
(#1) Atlas 127D at liftoff on LSB 576th B-3
(#2) APCHE Crew from the 389th Missile Maintenance Squadron, FE Warren AFB, WY.)

I’m the Airman Second Class second from the right on back row.
(#3) Cannonball Flyer flight data. )
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Re: Fifty years ago on 11-May-62

Postby hockey85 on Fri May 11, 2012 9:35 pm

A great look at "this day in history." Thanks for the post and providing pictures and the declassified report. You were lucky to have been a part of 4 launches. I only was able to participate in 1 back in 2009.

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Re: Fifty years ago on 11-May-62

Postby SAC Killer on Fri May 11, 2012 9:36 pm

That is so cool! Thanks very much for sharing this info. The tech info in the declassified flight data is particularly interesting to this old engineer!

I'm impressed with the CEP info. That big warhead landing that close would spoil your whole day unless you are in a really hard shelter.

And in case you don't know, Atlas lives on as a space launch vehicle. They've made it to the Atlas V version (space guys, please correct me if I'm wrong about that).

Also...which of the guys in the crew photo is you? Inquiring minds want to know.
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Re: Fifty years ago on 11-May-62

Postby Art LeBrun on Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:08 am

I am missing a lot of pages from the Commander's Summary. Those are good overviews of each launch at VAFB.
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