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Rockets and Missiles of Vandenberg AFB: 1957-2017

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Rockets and Missiles of Vandenberg AFB: 1957-2017

Joseph T. Page II

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On December 16, 1958, a Thor intermediate-range ballistic missile became the first rocket launch from Vandenberg AFB, California. Established from the remnants of a WWII and Korean War training base named Camp Cooke, the USAF selected the location to operationally test intercontinental-range ballistic missiles over the Pacific Ocean. Over the decades, Vandenberg has seen over 1,900 launches of more than 70 varieties of rockets and missiles. This book chronicles the launches by rocket/missile, launchpad location, and payload. Many never-before-seen photographs illustrate the variety of space launch vehicles used to lift national-security satellites into orbit, as well as the operational testing of the missiles used by United States nuclear-alert forces. The launches at Vandenberg helped drive the technological innovation and deterrence that helped the US win the Cold War.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 207 color and b/w images | 176 pp
ISBN13: 9780764356797 | Binding: hard cover

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Joseph T. Page II considers White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico—location of the first atomic bomb test—his home. He joined forces with the Vandenberg Space and Missile Technology Center to help record the base’s launch history.