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LAUNCH COMPLEX 16 FACT SHEET

 

Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge

 

Configuration: Single Blockhouse, One Launch Pad (Titan), Multiple Mobile Launchers (Pershing)

 

LAUNCH PAD 16

 

Current Status: Inactive

 

First Launch: December 12, 1959

 

Final Launch: March 21, 1988

 

Number of Launches: 162

 

Vehicles Launched: Titan I, Titan II, Pershing IA, Pershing II

 

Launch Complex 16 was one of four launch complexes built in support of Titan missile testing. Titan I and Titan II missile testing at the launch complex ceased in 1963. Due to its existing blockhouse and ample real estate, the facility was used in support of Pershing IA and ultimately Pershing II missile testing. These launches employed the blockhouse, but not the launch pad. Pershing IA and Pershing II launches took place from specialized mobile launchers located throughout the grounds. Launch Complex 16 is currently abandoned, with the blockhouse and original Titan launch pad concrete launch support structures intact.

 

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