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Beale AFB


Titan I ICBM base. Beale was originally used as an army base in World War II. In 1959 it was selected as headquarters for the 851st Strategic Missile Squadron with nine Titan 1 missiles. Three complexes of three silos each were located 40 to 100 km west of the base. The missiles were emplaced in the silos between 28 February and 20 April 1962. However due to its poor reaction time the Titan 1's career was brief. Only three years later, by the end of April 1965, the squadron was deactivated, the missiles removed, and the silos abandoned.

Location: California.
Longitude: -121.2653 deg.
Latitude: 38.8819 deg.

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Beale AFB Chronology


1961 February 1 - . Launch Site: Beale AFB. LV Family: Titan. Launch Vehicle: Titan 1.
  • Titan I ICBM 851st SMS activated at Beale AFB - . Nation: USA.

1962 September 8 - . Launch Site: Beale AFB. LV Family: Titan. Launch Vehicle: Titan 1.
  • Titan I ICBM 851st SMS (nine missiles) declared operational at Beale AFB - . Nation: USA.

1965 January 22 - . Launch Site: Beale AFB. LV Family: Titan. Launch Vehicle: Titan 1.
  • Last Titan I ICBM taken off alert status at Beale AFB - . Nation: USA.

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