A Tour of Vandenberg Air Force Base Space Launch Complex with Museum Director Jay Prichard.
Join us for a tour of Vandenberg Air Force Base Space Launch Complex 10 Missile Heritage Center with Museum Director Jay Prichard.
This museum is dedicated to the first operational intercontinental missiles which were deployed in the 1960's in the cold war. The tour will provide a firsthand account of the development and deployment of the Thor missile from the time of Khrushchev's visit to the SALT Treaty.
Read what Vandenberg enthusiast Joseph P. Page II wrote about this tour in a recent issue of Journal Plus Magazine:
"Here at Space Launch Complex 10 ("Slick Ten") the Space and Missile Heritage Center contains artifacts from Cold War's earliest days. Museum Director Mr. Donald "Jay" Prichard maintains a brick-and-mortar collection on par with national museum programs like the Smithsonian, albeit without the donations or large funding.
The two main buildings at SLC-10 house some unique artifacts, including:
A full sized launch console from an Atlas ICBM launch control center
A scale model of a Titan II Missile complex
Examples of Minuteman hardware
A Mark 21 reentry vehicle mock-up form the now-retired Peacekeeper missile
The final spot on the tour is hidden as visitors drive into the parking lot. Walking around the administration building, visitors may spot barbed wire and large cylindrical tanks and start to sense changes in the place's vibe. A hundred feet southwest of the parking lot, a restored Thor Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) lies inside its launch shelter. Once on nuclear alert in England, this missile was brought back to the U.S. to fulfill tasks as an anti-satellite missile. Now rescued, restored and retired, the Thor gives visitors a chance to see on of the earliest U.S. space launch vehicles. The display is awe inspiring."
Jay Prichard is the Curator of the Space Launch Complex 10 Missile Heritage Center. He is a retired Air Force Colonel, who was active in this program since its inception.
Vandenberg Air Force Base is a controlled security area. LLCC must provide to the air force base by October 1 information about each attendee, including name, telephone number, date of birth, drivers license number and country of citizenship. You must bring proof of automobile liability insurance with you. Last day to register for this course is September 24. Once registrations are closed for this course, LLCC will contact you for your information and we will submit it to Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Participants are encouraged to bring water and your own brown bag lunch for a picnic after the tour. Due to the location and the date, the weather can fluctuate from hot and calm to cold and windy. Dress in layers, including a jacket and hat, wear sturdy shoes, and consider bringing sunscreen.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 10:00am - 12:00pm Vandenberg Air Force Base
Please purchase a separate ticket for each person so that we can have a record of all attendees.
Please remember to have Brown Paper Tickets send you a reminder for this course. You can do that before you begin the signup process. Look for the "Remind Me" section at the bottom right of this webpage. Thanks.
If you would like to have the password for the member price for this course, go to www.lifelearnerscc.org for information on how you can become a member.
Vandenberg Air Force Base Visitor Parking Lot (View)
747 Nebraska Ave
Vandenberg AFB, CA 93437
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