Fireworks on America’s West Coast? No, an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile launch initiated by a “doomsday plane”
On Nov. 14 at 03:07 AM LT, the Air Force Global Strike Command has launched a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a simulated reentry vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
“The purpose of the launch program is to validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness and accuracy of the weapon system,” according to Air Force Global Strike Command officials.
Under the direction of the 576th Flight Test Squadron, the launch team included crew members from the 341st Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Mont., and crew members from the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb., both on board the E-6B aircraft.
The Minuteman III ICBM is 60 ft in length 5 ft 6 in. diameter a top speed of 15,000 mph and a range of more than 6,000 miles. It can carry three Mk-12 or Mk-12A warheads.
Image credit: U.S. Air Force
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