SM-65 Atlas Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile System      1956-1965


Site Accidents At Operational Bases

Following are links to information concerning Atlas missile site accidents that happened during the operational phase of the Atlas missile program. One accident occurred at Vandenberg AFB during the test launch of an Atlas E missile. Four Atlas F sites were destroyed due to explosions caused by various issues. Three of the Atlas F sites were assigned to the 579th SMS at Walker AFB in Roswell, New Mexico and one Atlas F site was assigned to the 577th SMS at Altus AFB in Altus, Oklahoma. There were other accidents which resulted in missile damage, but in these cases the site itself was not destroyed. Please click on a link below to learn more details about that particular accident.

NOTE:  Some of the pages below are to be developed and will be added in future website updates.

576th SMS - Site F (OSTF-1) - Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc, California  (To Be Added)

577th SMS - Site 6 - Altus AFB, Frederick, Oklahoma

579th SMS - Site 1 - Walker AFB, Roswell, New Mexico

579th SMS - Site 2 - Walker AFB, Roswell, New Mexico  (To Be Added)

579th SMS - Site 5 - Walker AFB, Roswell, New Mexico  (To Be Added)