Atlas D Launch for JFK on 23-March-62

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Atlas D Launch for JFK on 23-March-62

Postby Atlas D MMT on Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:15 am

Francis E. Warren Airman Launch an Atlas D for President Kennedy

In February 1962 two crews from FE Warren AFB, Wyoming received TDY orders to proceed to Vandenberg AFB, California. The first crew was the Senior Wing Standardization Launch Crew R-07 assigned to the 389th Strategic Missile Wing (ICBM-Atlas) (SAC). Crew R-07 consisted of eleven members Major Clifford W Simonson (MCCC), Capt. Kenneth E Haithcoat (GEO), MSgt William J Chupka (BMAT), SSgt Roger R Egert (BMAS), SSgt Reginald E Bufkin (MER), SSgt Dale M Howe (MPR), SSgt Sherman L Jackson (MEM), SSgt Gerald G Beta (RTST), SSgt Arnold E Kovakka (EDDFR), A1C John W Hill (MMT) and A1C Franklin D Waters (RTSS)

The second was Automatic Program Checkout Equipment (APCHE) Crew 2 assigned to the 389th Missile Maintenance Squadron’s Launch Maintenance (ICBM-ATLAS) (SAC). APCHE Crew 2 was commanded by 1st LT Donald B Kirby, and included TSgt John Gilbert (BMAT), SSgt David H Dixon (MEM), SSgt Donald P Klein (MMT), A1C Jerry D Brown (MPT), A1C William Farley ( ), A1C John McCutcheon (MET), A1C Kenneth R Pierson ( ), and A2C Douglas H Turner (MMT). The APCHE Crew prepared Atlas D missiles for launches from all 576th Strategic Missile Squadron’s Site “B” Launch and Service Buildings (LSB).

On 23-Mar-62 Major Simonson’s Crew R-07 selected Atlas 134D (60-5476) in “Operation Curry Comb 1” from the 576th SMS LSB B-2 for President Jack Kennedy, also present for the launch was the Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and SAC Commander General Thomas Powers. The suborbital flight of the missile 134D successful delivered a GE Mk 3 Mod IIIB Reentry Vehicle into the Eniwetok Lagoon in the Marshal Islands 4386 nautical miles down range.


Video Of President Kennedy at launch site and 1962 interview with Major Simonson
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHG5URxJ ... ata_player

Attached is a video link of a 2010 Veterans Day interview with Colonel Simonson
http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/news/local/Ve ... 52078.html



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Re: Atlas D Launch for JFK on 23-March-62

Postby SAC Killer on Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:56 pm

Very interesting! Thanks for posting!
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Atlas D Launch for JFK on 23-March-62

Postby Atlas D MMT on Thu Mar 26, 2015 2:36 am

This story was posted on the FE Warren AFB web page.

http://www.warren.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123442915
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Re: Atlas D Launch for JFK on 23-March-62

Postby TerrorOfTucson on Thu Mar 26, 2015 2:52 am

Great stuff! Thanks for posting.
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Atlas D Launch for JFK on 23-March-62

Postby Atlas D MMT on Thu Mar 26, 2015 3:21 am

576th Strategic Missile Squadron’s Crew 10 on LSB-2 after the launch of Atlas 134D for President Kennedy.

Note: The scorched launcher, wet floor from the Firex system, vapor and frost on the Liquid Oxygen fill and drain line.



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