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Launch Complex 13 was built for the Atlas ballistic missile program in 1957. Launch sites 11 to 14 were accepted between August 1957 and mid-April 1958. Complex 13 supported its first Atlas launch on 2 August 1958. After its final Atlas missile launch on 13 February 1962, Complex 13 was converted into an Atlas /Agena launch complex. Three pairs of VELA satellites were launched from Complex 13 before the site was turned over to NASA in 1966. Following a series of civilian Atlas /Agena missions, Complex 13 was returned to the Air Force in March 1968. The site supported 11 Atlas /Agena space flights for the Defence Department between 6 August 1968 and 7 April 1978. In all, Complex 13 supported 51 ATLAS and Atlas /Agena launches. Complex 13 was deactivated in April 1978. 

Complex 14 and the gantry on Complex 13 were declared national historic landmarks in April 1984.

 

The following 10 photographs gives a full 360 degree aerial view of Launch Complex 13 taken on 23 April 1963 while the launch pad and gantry were being rebuilt for Atlas-Agena launches. Followed by a further 11 photographs taken at ground level of the first roll-up.

 

 

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Aerial View Of Pad 13  #1

10 x 8  Black & White NASA Glossy Photograph

NASA  No.  PL-63-19314

23 April 1963

Looking South to South West

A very nice aerial view of the launch complex taken high above the Eastern Test Range at the Cape.

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Aerial View Of Pad 13  #2

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NASA  No.  PL-63-19315

23 April 1963

Looking East to South East

A very nice aerial view of the launch complex taken from over the Block House area.

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Aerial View Of Pad 13  #3

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NASA  No.  PL-63-19316

23 April 1963

Looking South

A great view of Pad 13 looking South down Missile Row.

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Aerial View Of Pad 13  #4

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NASA  No.  PL-63-19317

23 April 1963

Looking North to North East

In this aerial view you can see the rail track that the gantry will be moved back and forth on. This was one of the major changes made for the pads Atlas-Agena re-fit.

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Aerial View Of Pad 13   #5

10 x 8  B/W  NASA Glossy Photograph

NASA  No.  PL-63-19318

23 April 1963

Looking West

Our first good view of the Block House. This is the safe area during launches as it was built with two layers of reinforced concrete with a sand layer between the them. The launch could only be viewed via TV monitors and periscopes that looked out of the bunker.

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Aerial View Of Pad 13  #6

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NASA  No.  PL-63-19319

23 April 1963

Looking North

This aerial from the block house side shows the new gantry rail track is almost completed.

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Aerial View Of Pad 13  #7

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NASA  No.  PL-63-19320

23 April 1963

Looking West to South West

Aerial view from behind the Gantry. The block is to the right and the gantry is at if further point back. The area just behind the gantry is the old Loxing store house that was used to store the Atlas liquid propellents.

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Aerial View Of Pad 13   #8

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NASA  No.  PL-63-19321

23 April 1963

Looking North West

Our best view of the pad, gantry and Block House.

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Aerial View Of Pad 13   #9

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NASA  No.  PL-63-19322

23 April 1963

Looking South

A closer aerial showing clearly that the new gantry rail tracks are not completed.

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Aerial View Of Pad 13  #10

10 x 8  Black & White NASA Glossy Photograph

NASA  No.  PL-63-19323

23 April 1963

Looking South to South West

The aerial tour of Pad 13 is concluded with a very nice over all view showing Pad, LUT, Gantry and Block House.

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The First test roll-up of the new Gantry / Service Structure rail track

The next 11 photographs follow the test roll-up to the Launch Pad

 

 

 

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Service Structure Rolling Up To Launch Stand #1

10 x 8  Black & White Glossy NASA Photograph

NASA  No.   PL-63-19736

16 May 1963

The new rail track is now completed and this is the first test run of the new Gantry system.

You can not help to note the constructions workers motor cars. The seem to be a sharp contrast to the age of space flight. They date the photograph very well.

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Service Structure Rolling Up To Launch Stand #2

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NASA  No.   PL-63-19737

16 May 1963

The Gantry is on the move and has started its first test roll-up to the Pad and Launch Umbilical Tower.

There is no Atlas or Atlas-Agena waiting for it on this first test run.

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Service Structure Rolling Up To Launch Stand #3

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NASA  No.   PL-63-19738

16 May 1963

A front on view as the Service Structure inches it way up to the Launch Stand. 

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Service Structure Rolling Up To Launch Stand #4

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NASA  No.   PL-63-19739

16 May 1963

The Gantry is getting closer and closer to the Launch Stand and waiting LUT. No problems to report so far.

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Service Structure Rolling Up To Launch Stand #5

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NASA  No.   PL-63-19740

16 May 1963

We starting getting an idea of the size of the Service Structure as it creeps closer and closer.

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Service Structure Rolling Up To Launch Stand #6

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NASA  No.   PL-63-19741

16 May 1963

The Gantry is making good progress making its way on the new rail track system leading up to the Launch Stand.

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Service Structure Rolling Up To Launch Stand #7

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NASA  No.   PL-63-19742

16 May 1963

The Service Structure is just a few feet away form the Launch Stand.

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Service Structure Rolling Up To Launch Stand #8

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NASA  No.   PL-63-19743

16 May 1963

The Service Structure is just a few feet away form the Launch Stand.

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Service Structure Rolling Up To Launch Stand #9

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NASA  No.   PL-63-19744

16 May 1963

The Service Gantry is just about to engulf the Launch Stand and LUT.

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Service Structure Rolling Up To Launch Stand #10

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NASA  No.   PL-63-19745

16 May 1963

The Service Structure just before it moves up to the Launch Umbilical Tower to its final forward position.

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Service Structure Rolling Up To Launch Stand #11

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NASA  No.   PL-63-19746

16 May 1963

Our final view of the Service Structure before it moves up to the Launch Umbilical Tower to its final forward position.

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