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ICBM Test-Launched From California

Cold War Relic Serves As Reminder Of Past Nuclear Standoff With Russia
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force has test-launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from California.

The missile lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 3:33 a.m. PDT Thursday.

It was the second Minuteman launch from Vandenberg this week. The first was launched early Sunday.

No details of the test were released. Such tests typically involve a flight over the Pacific Ocean to a target in the Kwajalein Atoll.

Col. Scott Fox, vice commander of the 20th Air Force, said in a statement that the test was a visible demonstration of the nation’s nuclear deterrent.


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