Encyclopedia Astronautica
1966.03.31 - Atlas target launch vehicle (TLV) 5304 was not accepted immediately for the Gemini program at the San Diego acceptance meeting because of an unfulfilled contractural requirement.


The vehicle had completed systems test on March 23.

After the technicalities were ironed out, the Air Force formally accepted TLV-5304 on April 14, and the vehicle was then shipped to Cape Kennedy by truck. En route an accident damaged the skirt on booster engine No. 1. After inspection and analysis, the contractor determined that the dented tubes resulting from the accident could be used without repair. TLV-5304 arrived at its destination on May 8 after a nine-day road trip. Following a receiving inspection, it was placed in storage May 11.

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