Spectacular early morning sight! Air Force test launches ICBM missile from Central Coast
It was the latest in an ongoing series of Minuteman III test launches from Vandenberg Space Force Base.
It was a stunning sight for some people up during the early morning hours Wednesday in the Tri-Counties.
The Air Force conducted the latest in a series of intercontinental ballistic missile test launches from Vandenberg Space Force Base. The Minuteman III missile lifted off at 1:13 a.m. It carried a dummy payload to a test range in the South Pacific.
The Air Force conducts these launches regularly to test equipment and crew readiness. A similar test launch occurred in August, but officials delayed that one because they didn't want to inflame tense relations with the Chinese government which existed at the time.