Not only do we send off rockets around here, sometimes they shoot rockets at us too.


AlphaSigOU said...

Awesome sight! Was that the recent "GLORY TRIP" flight test from 'Vandyland'? (Vandenberg AFB)

More info: http://www.vandenberg.af.mil/mediacenter/pressreleasearchive/story_print.asp?id=123156028

They're scheduling another one next month; maybe I might get to see it from Kwaj!

AlphaSigOU said...

Next GLORY TRIP from Vandyland:

AUG 23 To be announced Minuteman III

Vehicle will probably send one or more unarmed warheads on a ballistic
trajectory to Kwajalein in the central Pacific.

The exact time of launch is not revealed (except a very broad launch window) to keep the missile combat crew on their toes. A GLORY TRIP simulates a live EWO (Emergency War Order) launch. Used to be a tradition (not sure if it's continued today) but the GLORY TRIP crew used to keep the remains of the bolts that held down the missile in the silo as a souvenir.