Coverage of missile squadron training at Vandenberg AFB, California. Aerial view of missile base construction. Missile base during construction. Earthmover operating. Truck passing on highway. Maintenance building at base. Civilian and USAF base activation crew looking at drawings. Aerial view of Atlas complex. Three Atlas missiles in launch position at operational site. Maintenance building. Coffin shelter as seen through flame bucket door. Atlas D in coffin. Launch control crew at stations in blockhouse. Status panel in room. Atlas being erected in coffin shelter. Atlas lift-off. Radome and telemetry tracker. Views of control console during early stages of flight, shows radar meter, vernier cut off switch, guidance complete light, and airman at control console. Aerial view of building at Vandenberg AFB. Shrouded Atlas on trailer truck. Atlas missiles in maintenance building during checkout.
Missile development and build up facilities at Vandenberg Aerospace Air Force base in California, United States. Atlas Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on a launch pad at the air base. Airmen around the Atlas missile. Shrouded Atlas missile on a trailer as it drives past a sign that reads ' Vandenberg Air Force Base, Pine Canyon gate ¼ mile ' . Atlas checkout building as airmen work on the missile. Thor intermediate range ballistic missile raised on an a launch pad. Officers talk on the launch pad of Thor missile. U.S. and British RAF airmen work around the missile. Atlas missile on the launch pad. Thor Agena missile being launched. Scene shifts to explosion of Hydrogen bomb in test at Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, in 1952.
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.
Thor-Agena orbital vehicle being launched from Vandenberg air force base, California. Missile launch crew in blockhouse prepares for launch. Thor-Agena engine ignition, lift-off and climb. Launch crew in blockhouse after Thor-Agena firing. Animation depicts flight of Thor-Agena including second-stage separation. Agena pitches to horizontal position and ground radar antenna receives signal from Agena. Second stage ignition and cut-off, and nose cone separation and re-entry over the Pacific. U.S. Air Force RC-121 aircraft in flight. U.S. Air Force C-119 recovery unit makes practice snatch of parachute and capsule. C-119 Flying Boxcar planes in flight. Recovery unit in the Pacific. C-119 aircraft equipped with trapeze. Us Air Force Captain speaks at Vandenberg AFB. He stands beneath a dish shaped radar in operation. Agena vehicle travels through star-studded sky.
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.