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Launch Complex 26

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Launch Complex Highlights

  • 1956 - Construction started
  • May 1957 - Occupied by the Army Ballistic Missile Agency
  • Blockhouse wall 2 feet thick and ceiling 5-8 feet thick. Cable trays to pads, 4 feet deep by 300 feet long
  • Gantry is 111 feet 9 inches high and can be lowered to a horizontal position for maintenance or for protection from storms
  • 27 August 1957 to 22 January 1963 - Total of 10 Jupiters launched from Pad 26A
  • 22 October 1957 to 25 January 1960 - Total of 16 Jupiters launched from Pad 26B
  • 31 January 1958 - First satellite, Explorer I launched from Pad 26A by a Jupiter C booster
  • 5 March 1958 - Last Jupiter C launched from Pad 26A
  • 13 December 1958 - First Bioflight launched from Pad 26B with a monkey Gordo
  • 28 May 1959 - Second Bioflight launched from Pad 26B with two monkeys, Able and Miss Baker
  • 21 July 1959 to 4 August 1959 - Two Redstone launched from Pad 26A
  • 14 August 1959 to 24 May 1961 - Total of 6 Juno II launched from Pad 26B
  • 1964 - Complex deactivated
  • 20 November 1964 - Launch complex reassigned to Air Force Space Museum
  • April 1984 - Declared a National Historic Landmark
  • Museum displays more than 55 missiles and rockets
  • Exhibit Hall contains many missiles and the history of the missile and space program
History Center Display Frame
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Blockhouse

History Center Storyboard
History Center Storyboard - Launch Complex 26

Active Launch Complex
Photo Gallery
Bioflight2 (Able and Baker) - 28 May 1959

Air Force Space and Missile Museum
Photo Gallery
4 August 1965 - Launch Complex 26

Historic Event
Explorer I - 31 January 1958

Launch site of United States' first satellite Explorer I 31 January 1958


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