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Walker AFB


Operational US Atlas F (SMS 579) ICBM base, location of several fuelling accidents in 1963-1964.

Location: New Mexico.
Longitude: -104.4945 deg.
Latitude: 33.4056 deg.

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Atlas The Atlas rocket, originally developed as America's first ICBM, was the basis for most early American space exploration and was that country's most successful medium-lift commercial launch vehicle. It launched America's first astronaut into orbit; the first generations of spy satellites; the first lunar orbiters and landers; the first probes to Venus, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn; and was America's most successful commercial launcher of communications satellites. Its innovative stage-and-a-half and 'balloon tank' design provided the best dry-mass fraction of any launch vehicle ever built. It was retired in 2004 after 576 launches in a 47-year career. More...

Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Atlas F American intercontinental ballistic missile. Final operational version of Atlas ICBM. Differed in guidance systems. Deployed as missiles from 1961 to 1966. After retirement, the ICBM's were refurbished and used for over thirty years as space launch vehicles. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • USAF American agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. United States Air Force, USA. More...

Associated Launch Sites

Walker AFB Chronology


1962 November 30 - . Launch Site: Walker AFB. LV Family: Atlas. Launch Vehicle: Atlas F.
  • Atlas SMS 579 operational. - . Nation: USA. Summary: Walker AFB SMS 579 operational.

1963 June 2 - . 00:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Walker AFB. Launch Complex: Walker AFB Missile Site 579. Launch Pad: 579-1. LV Family: Atlas. Launch Vehicle: Atlas F. LV Configuration: Atlas F 77F.
  • Error mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1964 February 13 - . 18:11 GMT - . Launch Site: Walker AFB. Launch Complex: Walker AFB Missile Site 579. Launch Pad: 579-5. LV Family: Atlas. Launch Vehicle: Atlas F. LV Configuration: Atlas F 88F. FAILURE: Exploded during propellant loading..
  • Accident - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 0 km ( mi). Summary: Operational ICBM test at Walker AFB..

1964 March 9 - . 21:54 GMT - . Launch Site: Walker AFB. Launch Complex: Walker AFB Missile Site 579. Launch Pad: 579-2. LV Family: Atlas. Launch Vehicle: Atlas F. LV Configuration: Atlas F 90F. FAILURE: Exploded during propellant loading..
  • Accident - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 0 km ( mi). Summary: Operational ICBM test at Walker AFB..

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