Atlas 3B Missile explodes mid flight after its launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
Florida United States USA Date:1958, July 19 Duration:3 min 38 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Atlas 3B Missile launch, test number 1564, from Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Atlas Missile takes off from launch pad and advances upward. Missile explodes mid flight leaving black smoke in air. Missile part falls on ground.
(Note: This was the first launch of an Atlas B missile and the first Atlas to have an operating sustainer engine and detachable booster section. The launch failed due to human error; ground crews accidentally left the gyroscope spin motors powered off so the missile went out of control as soon as the pitch and roll maneuver started. Range Safety sent the destruct command 56 seconds after launch. The flight was considered a partial success because all other missile systems functioned properly until destruction.)
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