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Missile Test Launch Set For Central Coast

(Photo by Hanah Abercrombie, USAF)
An August, 2020 Minuteman III launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base

If you’re up early Wednesday morning, you might see a spectacular sight in the sky over the Central and South Coasts.

The Air Force is planning to test launch a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base.  The window for the launch is 12:01 to 6:01 a.m. Wednesday.

It would be the latest in an ongoing series of test launches from the base intended to test the readiness of the missiles and crews. 

The unarmed missiles are flown to a test range in the South Pacific.  It’s the fourth planned Minuteman launch from the base this year.

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.