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

Atlas Missile 4D

General Dynamics Missile Serial Number:   57-2622

General Dynamics Manufacturing Number:   4D

Air Force Missile Tail Number:   N/A

Missile Acceptance Date:   2/18/1959

Missile Delivery Date:   2/18/1959

ICBM Squadron Number:   576

ICBM Squadron Site Assignment:   B-2

Missile Destination:    Vandenberg Air Force Base

Missile Mission:   Operational Readiness Training

Missile Launch Date:   10/2/1962

Missile Launch Payload:   NTMP-K3 - Operation Briar Street

Missile Launch Location:   Vandenberg AFB - 576-B2 Launcher

Missile Launch Outcome:   Failure

Notes:   The Air Force launch crew MCCC was Captain Pierce. Atlas 4D acted as a target missile for Nike/Zeus missile intercept testing. Vernier failure resulted in sustainer engine being oversupplied with propellant. Sustainer engine shutdown at T+181 seconds due to damage from excessive chamber pressure.



Atlas 4D Photo 1