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

Atlas Missile 39D

General Dynamics Missile Serial Number:   58-2210

General Dynamics Manufacturing Number:   39D

Air Force Missile Tail Number:   210

Missile Acceptance Date:   10/21/1959

Missile Delivery Date:   2/10/1960

ICBM Squadron Number:   564th

ICBM Squadron Site Assignment:   ?

Missile Destination:    F. E. Warren Air Force Base

Missile Mission:   Operational ICBM / ABM Test

Missile Launch Date:   1/25/1963

Missile Launch Payload:   NTMP K-9/OT - Operation Big Sue

Missile Launch Location:   Vandenberg AFB - B-2 Launcher

Missile Launch Outcome:   Failure

Notes:   The Air Force launch crew MCCC was Captain Jackson. Atlas 39D acted as a target missile for Nike/Zeus missile intercept testing. The loss of the sustainer insulation boot at liftoff resulted in high thrust section temperatures, followed by complete propulsion system shutdown at T+126 seconds.



Atlas 39D Photo 1