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PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE FACT SHEET

 

Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge

 

Configuration: Mobile Launcher

 

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE

 

Current Status: No Longer Used for Missile Launches

 

First Launch: May 20, 1956

 

Final Launch: May 20, 1956

 

Total Number of Launches: 1

 

Vehicles Launched: Matador

 

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 Patrick Air Force Base was the site of a single Matador missile launch which was open to the public in honor of Armed Forces Day on May 20, 1956.

This was the only known missile launch from Patrick. However, according to the late Norris “Chief” Gray,

Patrick held launches of an unspecified number of HVAR (pronounced “Hi-Var”) sounding rockets in the early 1950’s.

These launches are not included in official Air Force launch chronologies.
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