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Missile Test Launch Set For Central Coast; First Launch For Vandenberg Air Force Base In 2020

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.T. Armstrong
A 2019 Minuteman missile test launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base

The first missile launch of the year from the Central Coast is set for this week. The Air Force is planning to launch an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base early Wednesday morning.

The launch window is from 12:08 to 6:08 a.m. Wednesday.. The Air Force periodically does Minuteman test launch from the base, as part of efforts to test crew and equipment readiness.

The missiles are typically flown more than 4000 miles to a test range in the South Pacific.

If weather conditions permit, the lanch should be visible throughout much of the Central and South Coasts.

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. 
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