VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE

ABOUT VANDENBERG

Location: California

Also Known As: The northern section of Vandenberg Air Force Base was also known as Camp Cooke (U.S. Army) and Cooke Air Force Base. The southern section was also known as Point Arguello (U.S. Navy).

National Register of Historic Places: Space Launch Complex 10 was designated National Historic Landmark #86003511 in 1986 by the National Park Service.

HISTORIC SUMMARY

The first missile launch from Vandenberg AFB was a Thor IRBM launched on 16 December 1958 from Space Launch Complex-2 East. On 28 February 1959, the first two-stage Thor/Agena missile lifted the world’s first polar earth orbiting satellite, the Discoverer 1 from Space Launch Complex-1 West.

The first Atlas missile launched from Vandenberg AFB on 9 Sept. 1959 at LF 576 A-2. Over 1,980+ launches have occurred from Vandenberg AFB since 1958, which include missile programs Nike, Scout, Peacekeeper, Atlas, Minotaur, Titan, Thor, Thor/Agena, Thrust Assisted Thor, Thor/Delta, BOMARC, Delta II, Delta IV, Scout, Peacekeeper, Minuteman, and the Falcon 9.

COMPLEXES AT VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE

KEY FOR ABBREVIATIONS USED:

ABRESAdvanced Ballistic Re-entry Systems
BMRSBallistic Missile RE-entry Systems
BOMBomarc
LCLaunch Complex
LELaunch Emplacement
LFLaunch Facility
OSTFOperational System Test Facility (for Atlas)
OSTFOperational Silo Test Facility or Operational Suitability Test Facility (for Titan)
PALCPoint Arguello Launch Complex
PLCProbe Launch Complex
SLCSpace Launch Complex
SLTFSilo Launch Test Facility (for Titan)
75SM-75 (the military designation of the Thor IRBM)
394394th Strategic Missile Squadron (Minuteman ICBM)
395395th Strategic Missile Squadron (Titan ICBM)
576576th Strategic Missile Squadron (Atlas ICBM)
43004300th Missile Squadron

75 Area (Thor) - Complex 75-2

BOM Area (Bomarc)

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