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

Atlas Missile 68D

General Dynamics Missile Serial Number:   58-7063

General Dynamics Manufacturing Number:   68D

Air Force Missile Tail Number:   063

Missile Acceptance Date:   4/26/1960

Missile Delivery Date:   5/26/1960

ICBM Squadron Number:   549th

ICBM Squadron Site Assignment:   ?

Missile Destination:    Offutt Air Force Base

Missile Mission:   Operational ICBM / ABRES

Missile Launch Date:   5/28/1965

Missile Launch Payload:   ABRES OV1-3 - Operation Tennis Match

Missile Launch Location:   Vandenberg AFB - B-3 Launcher

Missile Launch Outcome:   Failure

Notes:   The Air Force launch crew MCCC was Captain Hilbert. LOX leak caused loss of booster engine thrust and thrust section explosion at T+128 seconds. Missile self-destructed at T+210 seconds.

Atlas 68D Photo 1