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Air Drop Zone
Launch areas designated for release of air-dropped rockets or rocketplanes by a mother aircraft for onward suborbital or orbital flights.

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Cape Canaveral AMR DZ Launch point used for drop of air-launched missiles down the Atlantic Missile Range.

Cuddeback Dry Lake DZ Air-launched rocket drop zone known to have been used for 1 launch in 1965, reaching up to 21 kilometers altitude. RW01/19 on the lake was also used for emergency landings.

Delamar Dry Lake DZ Air-launched rocket drop zone. RW00/18 on the dry lake was also used for emergency landings.

Edwards AFB DZ Air-launched rocket drop zone known to have been used for 3 launches in 1959, reaching up to 117 kilometers altitude.

Gran Canaria DZ Air-launched rocket drop zone known to have been used for 1 launch in 1997, reaching up to 580 kilometers altitude.

Grand Turk Island DZ Rocket air-launch position.

Hidden Hills DZ Sounding rocket launcher site. Also used as air-launched drop zone, with runway RW14/32 serving as emergency landing strip.

Kwajalein DZ Air-launched rocket drop zone known to have been used for 1 launch in 2000, reaching up to 641.4927 kilometers altitude.

Kwajalein RW06/24 Air-launched rocket drop zone off Kwajalein Island. Aircraft start from Bucholz Army Airfield RW06/24.

Mayport DZ Air-launched rocket drop zone. Mayport, Florida, Warning Area, North Atlantic Ocean.

Mediterranean Sea Drop zone over the Mediterranean Sea for air-launched Israeli antimissile target launches.

Midway Island NDZ Air-launched rocket drop zone north of Midway, 1500 km from Shemya.

Midway Island SDZ Air-launched rocket drop zone south of Midway.

Mud Lake DZ Sounding rocket launcher site. Air-launched drop zone, with RW08/26 and RW18/36 available for emergency landings.

Palmdale Omni DZ Air-launched rocket drop zone.

Point Arguello WADZ Air-launched rocket drop zone. Point Arguello Warning Area Drop Zone, Pacific Ocean.

Railroad Valley Lake DZ Air-launched rocket drop zone known to have been used for 2 launches in 1968, reaching up to 81 kilometers altitude.

Rosamund Dry Lake DZ Air-launched rocket drop zone, Rosamund Dry Lake, California

Santa Barbara Channel DZ Air-launched rocket drop zone known to have been used for 6 launches in 1958, reaching up to 12 kilometers altitude.

Silver Lake DZ Air-launched rocket drop zone. RW15/33 used for emergency landings.

Smith Ranch Lake DZ Air-launched rocket drop zone. RW03/21 used for emergency landings.

Wallops Island DZ Air-launched rocket drop zone. Aircraft depart from runway RW04/22, WFF Research Airport, Wallops Main Base

Western Test Range DZ Air-launched rocket drop zone.

Family: aircraft-launched. Launch Sites: Santa Barbara Channel DZ, Cape Canaveral AMR DZ, Grand Turk Island DZ, Edwards AFB DZ, Palmdale Omni DZ, Delamar Dry Lake DZ, Cuddeback Dry Lake DZ, Railroad Valley Lake DZ, Western Test Range DZ, Point Arguello WADZ, Mayport DZ, Wallops Island DZ, Gran Canaria DZ, Kwajalein DZ, Midway Island NDZ, Midway Island SDZ, Hidden Hills DZ, Mud Lake DZ, Rosamund Dry Lake DZ, Silver Lake DZ, Smith Ranch Lake DZ.

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