An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic
missile launches during an operational test at 2:42 a.m. Pacific Time
on May 1, 2019, at Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Air Force photo
by SSgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy.
The Air Force test launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental
ballistic missile early Wednesday from Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
missile, launched by a crew from the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren
AFB, Wyo., flew 4,200 miles to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall
The test, which was planned more than six months in advance,
was to “verify the accuracy and reliability” of the missile, according
to an Air Force Global Strike Command release.
“The test launch is the
culmination of months of hard work and preparation that involve multiple
partners," Col. Dave Kelley, commander of the 576th Flight Test
Squadron, said in the release. "I couldn’t be more impressed with the
team that we partner with to successfully execute this mission.”
Force regularly tests the missiles from Vandenberg with crews from the
service’s three ICBM bases. During a previous
test in August, the ICBM experienced an “anomaly” and was destroyed.
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