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LAUNCH COMPLEX 1/2 FACT SHEET

 

Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge

 

LAUNCH COMPLEX 1/2

 

Configuration: Single Blockhouse, Two Launch Pads

 

LAUNCH PAD 1

 

Current Status: Inactive

 

First Confirmed Launch: June 20, 1957

 

Final Confirmed Launch: February 12, 1960

 

Number of Launches: 4 Confirmed; Uncertain Number Unconfirmed

 

Confirmed Vehicles Launched: Snark

 

LAUNCH PAD 2

 

Current Status: Inactive

 

First Confirmed Launch: February 18, 1954

 

Last Confirmed Launch: December 5, 1960

 

Number of Launches: 21 Confirmed; Uncertain Number Unconfirmed

 

Confirmed Vehicles Launched: Snark

 

Launch Complex 1/2 was part of the original four flat launch pads constructed as the first launch pads on geographic Cape Canaveral. It was used for launches of Snark missiles, which were launched from specialized launchers which sat atop the launch pads. Each launch pad incorporated underground equipment rooms, accessible from the surface by hatches. Although not as advanced as adjacent Launch Complex 3/4, Launch Complex 1/2 served its purpose well and was used for nearly a decade. After its retirement, Launch Complex 1/2 was used in support of the NASA Mercury Program. Its launch pads acted as helicopter pads, and its blockhouse was converted into a working hospital.

 

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