Minuteman III Missile Launch from Vandenberg AFB

September 19th, 2002

A Minuteman III missile was launched from Vandenberg AFB at 7:30pm after a 90 minute launch delay. The delay put the launch right at dusk making for a spectacular view that could be seen for hundreds of miles.

The WB6OBB repeater 147MHz on Broadcast Peak (Santa Barbara) followed the launch including comments from Brian Webb (KD6NRP) who was on the base to watch the launch. See Brian's web page at Space Archive for more information and photos as well as dates of future missile launches. Another excellent web site is SoCal Sky Lights which also has photos and dates of future launches.

The following photos were taken from my home in Simi Valley. Click on an image for a larger view.

Copyright 2002 Tracy Justus