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Altus AFB
Atlas F ICBM (SMS 577) base, 1962-1965. The 12 missiles here constituted America's ICBM deterrent force during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

First Launch: 1962-05-05. Last Launch: 1964-05-14. Number: 2 . Location: Oklahoma. Longitude: -99.2689 deg. Latitude: 34.7548 deg.

Originally a training base in World War II, Altus was reactivated as a transport and bomber base in 1953. It hosted B-47 bombers until 1958, B-52's thereafter. In 1960 the base was designated as headquarters for the 577th Strategic Missile Squadron with twelve Atlas F missiles. The Air Force acquired 52 square kilometers in Oklahoma and Texas for the silo complexes. After a heroic construction effort, the first Atlas F was placed on alert status in August 1962. All 12 were available for nuclear strikes against Russia in the Cuban Missile Crisis two months later. Launch complex 577-6 was destroyed in an explosion on 14 May 14 1964 during propellant loading training. The Atlas missile had a short operational life due to its poor reaction time and the squadron at Altus was deactivated on 25 March 25 1965.



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Altus AFB 577-6 Atlas launch complex.

Altus AFB 577-10 Null

Altus AFB 577-1 Null

Altus AFB 577-11 Null

Altus AFB 577-12 Null

Altus AFB 577-2 Null

Altus AFB 577-3 Null

Altus AFB 577-4 Null

Altus AFB 577-5 Null

Altus AFB 577-7 Null

Altus AFB 577-8 Null

Altus AFB 577-9 Null

Family: ICBM Base. Country: USA. Launch Vehicles: X-15, Atlas F. Launch Sites: Altus AFB 577-6, Altus AFB 577-10, Altus AFB 577-1, Altus AFB 577-11, Altus AFB 577-12, Altus AFB 577-2, Altus AFB 577-3, Altus AFB 577-4, Altus AFB 577-5, Altus AFB 577-7, Altus AFB 577-8, Altus AFB 577-9. Agency: USAF.

1962 May 5 - . Launch Site: Altus AFB. Launch Platform: NB-52 003.
  • Eglin Demonstration mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Spacecraft: X-15A. Apogee: 14 km (8 mi).

1962 October 9 - . Launch Site: Altus AFB. LV Family: Atlas. Launch Vehicle: Atlas F.
  • The 577th Strategic Missile Squadron at Altus AFB, Oklahoma, was the third Atlas F squadron turned over to SAC by Ballistic Systems Division site activation task forces (SATAFs). - .

1962 October 9 - . Launch Site: Altus AFB. Launch Complex: Altus AFB. LV Family: Atlas. Launch Vehicle: Atlas F.
  • Atlas SMS 577 operational. - . Nation: USA. Altus AFB SMS 577 operational.

1964 May 14 - . Launch Site: Altus AFB. Launch Complex: Altus AFB 577-6. LV Family: Atlas. Launch Vehicle: Atlas F. FAILURE: Exploded during propellant loading..
  • Accident - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi). Operational missile test at Altus AFB..


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