Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Spectacular early morning sight! Air Force test launches ICBM missile from Central Coast

GT244 Launches from Vandenberg
Airman 1st Class Ryan Quijas
U.S. Air Force
The Air Force successfully test launched an unarmed Minuteman III ICBM ballistic missile from the Central Coast early Wednesday morning.

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.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.