An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic
missile launches during an operational test at 12:40 Pacific Daylight
Time on May 9, 2019, at Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Air Force photo by A1C Hanah Abercrombie.
The Air Force, for the second time in about a week, test launched a
Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg AFB,
At about 12:40 a.m. local time May 9, a crew from F.E. Warren AFB,
Wyo., launched the unarmed missile, which traveled about 4,200 miles to
the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
Check out this video of an unarmed #MinutemanIII #ICBM operational test launch this morning at 12:40 PT from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. #reliable and #ready @US_Stratcom pic.twitter.com/ZstvcmprHq— AFGSC (@AFGlobalStrike) May 9, 2019
Check out this video of an unarmed #MinutemanIII #ICBM operational test launch this morning at 12:40 PT from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. #reliable and #ready @US_Stratcom pic.twitter.com/ZstvcmprHq
The missile was outfitted
with a test re-entry vehicle, with a “high-fidelity package used for
operational testing,” according to an Air Force Global Strike Command
The test follows the May 1 test of an ICBM, also launched by a
crew from F.E. Warren.
The Air Force builds its launch calendars three
to five years in advance, planning for each individual launch beginning
at least six months in advance, according to Global Strike.
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