'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.
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.
A LGM-30 Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile operational test launch at Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc. Countdown crew at controls in launch center located in launch facility. Shows control officer, countdown director, and countdown crew working prior to launch. A message received on a radio gives details about a boat in danger area around the launcher. View of shoreline. Issuing launch command by phone. Last minute checks are accomplished. Count is continued. Men work at consoles. An operator in the control room handles launch switch. Two LGM-30 Minuteman missiles are launched and their multiple reentry vehicles can be seen glowing as they enter the atmosphere, descending toward the test target area at Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific. Views of crew working with Mark 12 MIRV (multiple independently targeted reentry vehicles) in underground silo. Maintenance crews coming up a launch tube. Airmen at consoles and data analysis prior to launch.
Activities involved in a LGM-30 Minuteman missile operational test launch at Vandenberg AFB, Lompoc. A crew of two men comes out of a silo. Task Force Munitions team at work on the missile components in an underground silo. View of the MIRV, Multiple (three) independently targeted reentry vehicles (warheads). The missile booster is removed, loaded on a transporter, transferred to the missile complex ,and loaded in the launch facility. Reentry system is added to the missile and start up is accomplished. Various officers of Task Force at controls. Data analysis by officers which involves flight data recording. Training of the countdown team. Final enabling of launch facility by crews prior to launch. A radar outside a facility. A Task Force commander in conference with his team.
A report covering the expansion and modernization of U.S. ICBM force. Site selected for Minuteman II missile launch at Malmstorm Air Force Base in Montana. Car passing through hilly region near Malmstorm AFB. Construction of Minuteman II missile site showing army engineers and men at work. Construction of missile silos. Aerial view of Minuteman base under construction at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. Control centers and silos under construction. Building missile capsules at air base. Sign reads 'Site Activation Task Force Ballistics Systems Division Air Force Systems Command - Grand Forks AFB No. Dak.'. Exteriors of building. Officer at charts and desks in conference. Flooding at missile base showing heavy equipment operating. Construction of launching facilities at Vandenberg AFB. Test facilities to flight test integrated Minuteman II launchers and missiles. Aerial view of Minuteman II test site at Vandenberg. Officers working in launch control center.