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Atlas A

The Atlas A was the first test model of Atlas ICBM. It had two booster engines but no sustainer engines and a dummy warhead was used in all 8 test flights. It proved to be only 50% reliable in its 8 flight tests. Testing of the Atlas A concluded in June 1958.

 

 

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Atlas 4A (XSM-65A) First Atlas Test Launch

10  x  8   B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-23206

24 April 1957

A wonderful view of the Atlas 4A as it stands proudly on Pad 14. This will be the first test launch of the mighty Atlas but unfortunately it was unsuccessful due to a failure in the boosters fuel system and was detonated by command signal at 10,000 feet after lift-off on 11 June 1957.

This fine vintage glossy photograph is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlas 4A (XSM-65A) First Atlas Test Launch #2

10 x  8   Colour Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-24854

11 June 1957

A wonderful view of the Atlas 4A just before lift off on Pad 14 at the Cape. This will be the first test launch of the mighty Atlas but unfortunately it was unsuccessful due to a failure in the boosters fuel system and was detonated by command signal at 10,000 feet after lift-off on 11 June 1957.

This fine vintage glossy photograph is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlas A 13A On Work-Stand

10  x  8   B/W Glossy Photograph

February 1958

The Atlas A 13A is on it work stand at the Air Force Missile Test Centre before it is delivered to Launch Complex 14.

This fine vintage glossy photograph is in very good condition. VG+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlas A 13A Development Test

10  x  8   B/W Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-32827

7 February 1958

Research & Development Launch.

The Atlas A 13A is launched from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 14. The Atlas experienced flight control failure and only reached an Apogee of 120 km.

This fine vintage glossy photograph is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlas A 13A Development Test #2

10  x  8   B/W Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-32827a

7 February 1958

Research & Development Launch.

The Atlas A 13A is launched from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 14. The Atlas experienced flight control failure and only reached an Apogee of 120 km.

This fine vintage glossy photograph is in good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlas A 13A Development Test #3

10  x  8   B/W Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-32828

7 February 1958

Research & Development Launch.

The Atlas A 13A is launched from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 14. The Atlas experienced flight control failure and only reached an Apogee of 120 km.

This fine vintage glossy USAF photograph is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlas A 13A Development Test #4

10  x  8   B/W Glossy Photograph

Rocketdyne Ref. No.  TF-209

7 February 1958

Research & Development Launch.

The Atlas A 13A is launched from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 14. The Atlas experienced flight control failure and only reached an Apogee of 120 km.

This fine vintage glossy USAF photograph is in very good condition.

 

 

 

Convair Atlas B

This 1-1/2 stage rocket was the first FULL version of the Atlas Launch Vehicle.

Atlas A testing was completed in June 1958 and Atlas B tests continued with the XSM-65B until December 1958. The Atlas B tested all subsystems of the Atlas, including the full three-engine propulsion system and a range of 10200 km was reached.

The first Atlas B was launched from Launch Complex 11 on 19 July 1958. It was the first full-powered flight of the Atlas using all engines, sustainer and booster. It developed flight control failure and only reached Apogee of 6 miles. 

 

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Convair Atlas B 4B Lift Off

10 x  8  B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-58-44569

2 August 1958

The research and development Atlas B's second flight and first long range test lift off from Launch Complex 13 at the Cape. This flight reached an Apogee of 900 km and was the second full-powered flight of the USAF Atlas ICBM and it  travelled 2,500 miles with a radio-inertial guidance system.

This fine vintage USAF glossy photograph is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas B 4B Clears Tower

10 x  8   Colour Glossy Photograph

2 August 1958

The Second full-powered flight of a USAF Atlas ICBM and it travelled 2,500 miles with a radio-inertial guidance system. This R&D flight was noted as a fully successful.

This very fine vintage high gloss photograph is in near mint condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas B 5B On Pad 11

10 x  8  B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-58-45379

28 August 1958

A strikingly beautiful view of the Atlas B 5B under spotlights on Pad 11 at the Cape. This was the third full powered research and development test launch of the Atlas B on 29 August 1958. Apogee: 900 km (550 mi).

This fine vintage USAF glossy photograph is in very good condition. VG+

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas B 5B Ignition

10 x  8   B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-58-45824-A

29 August 1958

A wonderful night scene of the Atlas B 5B as it lifts off from Launch Complex 11 at the Cape. This was the third full powered research and development test launch of the Atlas B on 29 August 1958.  Apogee: 900 km (550 mi).

This fine vintage USAF glossy photograph is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas B 8B Ignition #2

10 x  8   B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-58-45824

14 September 1958

A wonderful night scene of the Atlas B 8B as it lifts off from Launch Complex 14 at the Cape. This was the fourth full powered research and development test launch of the Atlas B on 14 September 1958.  Apogee: 900 km (550 mi).

This fine vintage USAF glossy photograph is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas B 8B Lift Off

10 x  8   B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-58-45822

14 September 1958

The Atlas B 8B lifts off from Launch Complex 14 at the Cape. This was the fourth full powered research and development launch of the Atlas B on 14 September 1958.  Apogee: 900 km (550 mi).

This fine vintage USAF glossy photograph is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas B 9B In Gantry

10 x  8   B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-58-48018

17 November 1958

A wonderful ground level view of the Atlas 9B in the gantry on Pad 11 at the Cape during pre-launch activity.

This was the sixth full powered research and development test launch of the Atlas B.

This fine vintage USAF glossy photograph is in very good condition. VG+ however "Official File Copy" has been stamped on the front at the bottom. Actually this blends in quite nicely with this very fine dark night scene and does not distract all that much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas B 9B In Gantry On Pad 11

10 x  8   B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-58-48014

17 November 1958

Another wonderful ground level view of the Atlas 9B in the gantry on Pad 11 at the Cape during pre-launch activity.

This was the sixth full powered research and development test launch of the Atlas B.

This fine vintage USAF glossy photograph is in very good condition. VG+

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas B 9B On Pad 11

10 x  8   B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-58-48015

17 November 1958

A wonderful night scene looking up the ramp at Atlas 9B on Pad 11 at the Cape during pre-launch activity. The gantry has been pulled back and the mighty Atlas launch vehicle is ready to fly.

This was the sixth full powered research and development test launch of the Atlas B.

This fine vintage USAF glossy photograph is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas B 9B Lift Off

10 x  8   B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-58-48013

17 November 1958

The Atlas B 9B lifts off from Launch Complex 11 at the Cape. This was the sixth full powered research and development test launch of the Atlas B. Logged as a failure due to propulsion failure it reached Apogee: 800 km (490 mi).

This fine vintage USAF glossy photograph is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas B 12B Lift Off

10 x  8   B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-58-48542

29 November 1958

The Atlas B 12B lifts off from Launch Complex 14 at the Cape. This was the seventh full powered research and development test launch of the Atlas B.

Less than 18 months after the first flight, this was the Atlas's first successful operational test. It made a 6,325 statute-mile flight and landed close to its target.

This fine vintage USAF glossy photograph is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas B 12B Lift Off #2

10 x  8   B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-58-48543

29 November 1958

The Atlas B 12B lifts off from Launch Complex 14 at the Cape. This was the seventh full powered research and development test launch of the Atlas B.

Less than 18 months after the first flight, this was the Atlas's first successful operational test. It made a 6,325 statute-mile flight and landed close to its target.

This fine vintage USAF glossy photograph is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

Convair Atlas C

The Convair Atlas C was the last development version of the Atlas and it was never used operationally.

The Atlas C - XSM-65C was flown between December 1958 and August 1959. These R&D flights were set to test the launch vehicles thin-skinned fuel tanks and its radio-command guidance systems.

 

 

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Convair Atlas C 3C On Pad 12

10 x  8   B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-58-90594

24 December 1958

A beautiful view of the Atlas 3C as the gantry is rolled back at Launch Complex 12 at the Cape.

This fine vintage USAF glossy photograph is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 3C Ready To Launch

10 x  8   B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-58-90593

24 December 1958

A fantastic shot of the Atlas 3C as the gantry is being rolled back at the Cape's Launch Complex 12.

The Atlas C 3C was the first R&D flight for the Atlas C configuration and was a complete success.

This fine vintage USAF glossy photograph is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas C 3C Lift Off

10 x  8   B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-58-90589

24 December 1958

First Atlas C R&D Test Launch. 

The Atlas 3C lifts off from Launch Complex 12 at the Cape. Apogee: 900 km (550 mi). Noted as a complete success.

This fine vintage USAF glossy photograph is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas C 3C Lift Off #2

10 x  8   B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-58-90590

24 December 1958

First Atlas C R&D Test Launch. 

The Atlas 3C lifts off from Launch Complex 12 at the Cape. Apogee: 900 km (550 mi).

This fine vintage USAF glossy photograph is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas C 5C In Gantry

10 x  8   B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-12102

20 February 1959

A splendid view of the Atlas 5C taken on the ramp at Launch Complex 12 at the Cape during pre-launch activity.

Due to Propellant Feed Failure the Atlas 5C was logged as a failure. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

This fine vintage USAF glossy photograph is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas C 5C In Gantry #2

10 x  8   B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-12100

20 February 1959

The Gantry at Launch Complex 12 is about to be rolled back for the launch of the Atlas 5C.

Due to Propellant Feed Failure the Atlas 5C was logged as a failure. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

This fine vintage USAF glossy photograph is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlas 11C Gantry Roll Back

10 x  8   B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-18838

24 August 1959

The Gantry at Launch Complex 12 is being rolled back for the launch of the Atlas 11C. The last of the Atlas C test launches.

This fine vintage USAF glossy photograph is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlas 11C Gantry Roll Back #2

10 x  8   B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-18839

24 August 1959

The Gantry at Launch Complex 12 is being rolled back for the launch of the Atlas 11C. The last of the Atlas C test launches.

This fine vintage USAF glossy photograph is in very good condition.

HAS 'FILE COPY' STAMPED ON THE FACE OF THE PHOTO 3 TIMES

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlas 11C Lift Off

10 x  8   B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-18833

24 August 1959

Lift off of the Atlas 11C from Launch Complex 12 i, the last of the Atlas C test launches. Apogee: 900 km (550 mi).

This fine vintage USAF glossy photograph is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

Convair Atlas F

The Atlas F was the final operational version of Atlas ICBM. It differed in its guidance systems and was deployed as missiles from 1961 to 1966. After retirement, the ICBM's were refurbished and used for over twenty years as space launch vehicles.

 

 

 

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Atlas F #2F Lift Off

10 x  8   B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL61-221108

9 August 1961

First Atlas F Launched From The Cape.

Lift off of the Atlas F 2F from Launch Complex 13 at the Cape. The flight was logged as successful and was the first Atlas F to be launched from the Cape.

This fine vintage USAF glossy photograph is in good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlas 16F Lift Off

10 x 8  Colour  Glossy USAF Photograph

NASA AFSC  No.  PL-62-80066

7 November 1962

Atlas F R&D launch lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 11 at 19:43 GMT on the 7th November 1962. Apogee 1400 km.

The Atlas F configuration was used in the space program form the very early days and was used extensively for re-entry testing.

This very fine vintage colour glossy NASA photograph is in near mint condition. Printed on heavy 'A Kodak Paper'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlas 137F Lift Off

10 x  8  Colour Glossy USAF Photograph

1 April 1964

ABRES WAC-2 re-entry vehicle test flight.

A fantastic lift off view of the Atlas 137F from Launch Complex 11at the Cape.

This fine vintage colour glossy USAF photograph is in very good condition and printed on 'A Kodak Paper'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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