U.S. Air Force Airman salutes. A group of children wave. Children and adults accompanied by Air Force personnel and Boy Scouts of America line up in large numbers along Vandenberg AFB road in California, United States. Helicopter covering the event can be seen. Crowd along the route waves and cheers as President John F. Kennedy's motor convoy drives by. Air Force personnel salute as President Kennedy passes by in his plexiglass bubble-top covered Lincoln limousine. Shows presidential convoy of cars and buses traveling along Vandenberg Air Force Base roads.
President Kennedy and official party arrive at area 576A at Vandenberg Air Force Base where they watch the launch of Atlas134D. 23 March 1962.
Restrospective of the 1954 search for a suitable site for U.S. Air Force testing of ballistic missiles. Coastal area with ocean in the background. Officials look over charts, maps, photographs as they select the site for Vandenberg Air Force Base. In January, 1958, view of building with a sign that reads ' Headquarters, First Missile Division, Strategic Air Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base' Entrance of the headquarters as Major General David Wade walks out. U.S. Air Force officers and airmen attend missile training classes. Airmen work on assembly of Thor missiles . U.S. Air Force officers and airmen operate missile launch consoles in a launch control center. November, 1958, Thor intermediate range missile on a trailer being delivered to Vandenberg Air Force Base. Trailer backs up to the launch pad. December, 16, 1958, the Thor missile on launch pad venting gases. U.S. Air Forces officers at a launch console. The Thor missile is launched. RAF airmen watch missile in flight.
Strategic Air Command launches its first Intercontinental Ballistic Missile from new facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Shrouded Atlas missile on trailer enters the Pine Canyon Gate of Vandenberg AFB. Trailer being backed into the MAB building. Electronic checkout of Atlas being carried out by computerized equipment at the MAB building. Atlas on launch pad. USAF airmen and officers at controls and consoles at SAC (Strategic Air Command) headquarters and Vandenberg air base. The order to perform a test launch is issued by SAC headquarters and received by the launch control officers at Vandenberg AFB. The Atlas missile is successfully launched.
'Countdown for Deterrence' outlines the activities involved in a LGM-30 Minuteman missile operational test launches. View of several Mark 12 Reentry vehicles glowing as they enter the atmosphere at the Western Test Range in the Pacific Ocean. The Minuteman III missiles carrying them are seen being launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, California. Launch crews at controls. Intercontinental Ballistic Missile test launch operations begins at Vandenberg AFB. Exterior of building. Data analysis by officers. Scheduling officers at work. Launch tube of missile. Shows various officers responsible for launching of missile. Launch director in conference with ICBM test maintenance personnel. Maintenance of launch tube by the maintenance crew. The missile components arrive in Vandenberg AFB. Crew in underground silo work. Tape deck which records messages from SAC HQ. A Red box which contains secret codes for the launch of the missiles is double padlocked. Pre-recorded voice reports on the current status of the missile. An officer instructs Task Force personnel in Vandenberg AFB. Task Force commander confers with two officers.
Atlas 15 F missile launches from operational prototype silo lift launcher. Missile elevates to position, LOX venting, ignition and take off. View of the Atlas 15 F missile ascending in the sky.