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USAF USAF Minuteman test launch

Postby wally on Fri May 24, 2013 1:55 pm

http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123349613


News > Minuteman III test missile launches from Vandenberg AFB

Posted 5/22/2013

5/22/2013 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) -- Airmen launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile here during an operational test at 6:27 a.m. PST, today.

Col. Brent McArthur, the 30th Space Wing's Vice Wing Commander, was the launch decision authority.

The launch team, under the direction of the 576th Flight Test Squadron, included crew members from the 91st Missile Wing, Minot AFB, N.D. Maintenance and operations task force members from the 91st Missile Wing have also conducted operational tasks in support of the launch.

The 576th FLTS is responsible for installed tracking, telemetry and command destruct systems on the missile, which collect data and ensure safety requirements are met.

"Every test launch represents the hard work and dedication of those involved in this mission," said Col. Richard Pagliuco, the 576th Flight Test Squadron commander. "The operational test launch mission is vital in ensuring a safe, secure and effective ICBM force."

The purpose of the ICBM test launch program is to validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness and accuracy of the weapon system, according to Air Force Global Strike Command officials.

The test also supports U.S. strategic deterrence efforts as outlined in the 2010 Department of Defense Nuclear Posture Review by demonstrating the operational credibility of the Minuteman III.

Agencies across the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy will use the data collected from this mission to ensure a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent. The United States' ability to maintain a strong, credible nuclear deterrent is a key element of U.S. national security and the security of U.S. allies and friends.

For information about the flight test, call Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs at (318) 456-1305.

(Courtesy of Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs)

Launch video:

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Re: USAF USAF Minuteman test launch

Postby Capt. Bill on Fri May 24, 2013 7:10 pm

I don't know how it is now, but back in 1971 "hard work" could hardly be applied to the launch crews. It was a nice break with no trainer rides, EWO training or maintenance teams in the field. One "alert" every three days. Only thing hard was not hitting a deer or getting lost in the fog going and coming from the LCC. Still there is no thrill like turning the keys and actually launching one.
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Re: USAF USAF Minuteman test launch

Postby SAC Killer on Fri May 24, 2013 9:17 pm

Capt. Bill wrote:I don't know how it is now, but back in 1971 "hard work" could hardly be applied to the launch crews. It was a nice break with no trainer rides, EWO training or maintenance teams in the field. One "alert" every three days. Only thing hard was not hitting a deer or getting lost in the fog going and coming from the LCC. Still there is no thrill like turning the keys and actually launching one.


Concur. I was on GT-120M. It was really soft duty. We were in 01-A, which is soft, and cooked steaks on a hibachi that lived at the site. It was great. The whole team, not just the crews, hoped the bird would shut down on keyturn, so we could stay for another 20 day soak. But alas, it was the first bird that year to make it across the beach on time.

I didn't get to turn keys. We were the "off" crew. And anyway, it became a PACCS launch. And it was totally socked in with fog. So my crew went to the Hitchin' Post for dinner, and got on the road back up north the next day.
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Re: USAF USAF Minuteman test launch

Postby SAC Killer on Fri May 24, 2013 9:24 pm

This is a better link to the video than the one above. No commercial, better audio, better video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7fE0oRW ... e=youtu.be
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Re: USAF USAF Minuteman test launch

Postby Capt. Bill on Fri May 24, 2013 9:40 pm

GT-120M would have been on 1974 JUL 9, a MM II launch. We were in the hardened MM III LCC, just like the MInot LCCs but no LCEB. We didn't interact with anyone else except the other launch crews and the FM at the LCC. We had the 7th, 8th and 9th MM III birds to be launched. No problems with the soak on any of them and all launched fine. Only glitch is that GT-08GM was supposed to be ALCC launched but the wrong codes were put in and we got to launch.
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