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

Atlas Missile 23D

General Dynamics Missile Serial Number:   58-2194

General Dynamics Manufacturing Number:   23D

Air Force Missile Tail Number:   194

Missile Acceptance Date:   6/29/1959

Missile Delivery Date:   6/30/1959

ICBM Squadron Number:   576

ICBM Squadron Site Assignment:   B-2

Missile Destination:    Vandenberg Air Force Base

Missile Mission:   Operational Readiness Training

Missile Launch Date:   5/6/1960

Missile Launch Payload:   Operation Lucky Dragon

Missile Launch Location:   Vandenberg AFB - B-2 Launcher

Missile Launch Outcome:   Failure

Notes:   The Air Force launch crew MCCC was Captain McArther. Pitch gyro motor shorted out, causing loss of control. Missile was destroyed by RSO at T+25 seconds.



Atlas 23D Photo 1