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LAUNCH COMPLEX 26 FACT SHEET

 

Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge

 

LAUNCH COMPLEX 26

 

Configuration: Single Blockhouse, Two Launch Pads

 

LAUNCH PAD 26A

 

Current Status: Inactive, Museum Display

 

First Launch: August 28, 1957

 

Final Launch: January 22, 1963

 

Number of Launches: 14

 

Vehicles Launched: Jupiter, Juno I, Redstone

 

LAUNCH PAD 26B

 

Current Status: Inactive, Museum Display

 

First Launch: October 22, 1957

 

Final Launch: May 24, 1961

 

Number of Launches: 22

 

Vehicles Launched: Jupiter, Juno II

 

Launch Complex 26 was built in support of Army Jupiter missile testing. It consisted of a single blockhouse serving two launch pads, each of which could be served by a mobile service tower which could be moved under its own power to either launch pad. Launch Pad 26A was the site of the launch of the first U.S. satellite, Explorer I, on January 31, 1958. In honor of that historic achievement, Launch Complex 26 was converted into the Air Force Space and Missile Museum following the cessation of launch activity. Today, the Museum contains hundreds of exhibits related to the U.S. rocket and missile heritage and is visited by thousands each year.

 

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