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Missile Successfully Test Launched From Central Coast Thursday Night

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Staff Sgt. Jim Araos
U.S. Air Force
Minuteman III Missile launch from Vandenberg AQir Force Base at 11:01 p.m. Thursday

If you were out late last night, you might have gotten a glimpse of the latest missile launch from the Central Coast.

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully test launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 11:01 p.m.

The missile successfully flew 4200 miles to a test range in the Western Pacific, where an instrument package was deployed.

It’s the second Minuteman III launch from the base in less than a week, with one successfully tested last Saturday.

The missile was seen as far south as Los Angeles, where people could see the flight in the night sky.

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.