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

Atlas Missile 74D

General Dynamics Missile Serial Number:   58-7069

General Dynamics Manufacturing Number:   74D

Air Force Missile Tail Number:   069

Missile Acceptance Date:   6/10/1960

Missile Delivery Date:   6/15/1960

ICBM Squadron Number:   576th

ICBM Squadron Site Assignment:   B-1

Missile Destination:    Vandenberg Air Force Base

Missile Mission:   Operational Readiness Training

Missile Launch Date:   7/22/1960

Missile Launch Payload:   Operation Tiger Skin

Missile Launch Location:   Vandenberg Air Force Base - B-1 Launcher

Missile Launch Outcome:   Failure After Launch

Notes:   The Air Force launch crew MCCC was Major Drake. Gyro spin motor failure resulted in an unplanned pitch maneuver that exceeded the missile's structural limits and caused the vehicle to breakup at T+69 seconds.



Atlas 74D Photo 1