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Launch Complexes 9-10

Launch Complexes 9-10 Systems

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Launch Complex Highlights

  • September 1953 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers initiated construction
  • Launch complexes 9 and 10 were built to support the Navaho winged intercontinental missile program and utilized the same blockhouse; the two pads featured different launching methods. Initial focus was on Pad 9 and the blockhouse. The pad was 450' from the blockhouse. The oval-shaped pad (115' radius) and a 2-story reinforced concrete pedestal (66' 8" by 30') with a foldaway erector gantry. The pre-launch shelter constructed of metal on wheels covered by a canvas awning
  • January 1955 - Air Force and contractors occupied the blockhouse
  • 1955 - Pad 10 construction started
  • Pad 10 is located some 800' from the blockhouse on hexagonally shaped reinforced concrete pad, 200 x 250'. The missile set on a portable Navaho launch stand and was serviced by a movable service tower 63' tall. Rails were used to move the service tower
  • 1956 - Pad 10 construction completed
  • 29 June 1956 - Final acceptance of both pads
  • 6 November 1956 to 18 November 1958 - Total of 11 Navaho XSM-64 vehicles were launched from Launch Complex 9. The last two flights were RISE (Research Into Supersonic Environment)
  • No Navaho launches from Launch Complex 10; only static tests on a mobile launcher.
  • Summer 1958 - Pad 10 reassigned to support the Jason research rocket on a mobile launcher
  • 14 August 1958 - First Jason missile launched from Pad 3 or 10
  • 14 August 1958 to 2 September 1958 - Total of 6 Jason were launched from Launch Complexes 3 and 10
  • Late 1958 - Pad 10 modified to launch the Alpha Draco. A concrete flame deflector was poured and tie-down points were installed.
  • 16 February 1959 to 27 April 1959 - Total of 3 Alpha Draco launched from Pad 10
  • 1959 - Complex 10 was demolished to make room for Minuteman Launch Complexes 31 and 32
  • 1962 - Blockhouse served as the Administration and Engineering Building
  • May 1971 - Pad 9 abandoned
  • 1978 to 2001 - Blockhouse converted to house the 2nd Combat Communications Group instructors' quarters
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