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Missile Successfully Test Launched From Central Coast Thursday Night

Posted on Friday, February 26, 2016 12:52am

Minuteman III Missile launch from Vandenberg AQir Force Base at 11:01 p.m. Thursday (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Araos)

If you were out late last night, you might have gotten a glimpse of the latest missile launch from the Central Coast.

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully test launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 11:01 p.m.  The missile successfully flew 4200 miles to a test range in the Western Pacific, where an instrument package was deployed.  It’s the second Minuteman III launch from the base in less than a week, with one successfully tested last Saturday.

The missile was seen as far south as Los Angeles, where people could see the flight in the night sky.

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