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 from the Site F coffin launcher complex. Two more accidents occurred at Vandenberg AFB during the test launches of Atlas F missiles from the Site G silo launcher facility. 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 or loss, but in these cases the site itself sometimes sustained damage but 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)
576th SMS - Site G (OSTF-2) - 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)