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21 October 1959 -  Transfer to NASA The Army Ballistic Missile Agency's Development Operations:

After a meeting with officials concerned with the missile and space program, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced that he intended to transfer to NASA the control of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency's Development Operations Division personnel and facilities. The transfer, subject to congressional approval, would include the Atlas D and Saturn development program.

6 December 1959 -  Plan for transferring the Army Ballistic Missile Agency and Saturn to NASA:

The initial plan for transferring the Army Ballistic Missile Agency and Saturn to NASA was drafted. It was submitted to President Dwight D. Eisenhower on December 1 1 and was signed by Secretary of the Army Wilber M. Brucker and Secretary of the Air Force James H. Douglas on December 16 and by NASA Administrator T. Keith Glennan on December 17.

The first operational missile, the Atlas D, was the basis for launching the Mercury manned spacecraft into orbit. By use of Agena and Centaur upper stages, the Atlas became the medium-lift workhorse of American manned, planetary, and geosynchronous-orbit space programs. Stretched several times, the latest version, the Atlas IIAR, will finally dispense with the booster engine stage in place of two Russian-design rocket engines. Although never copied by other designers, the inflated steel tank approach of the Atlas still gives it the lowest empty weight ratio ever achieved without any reliability penalty.

 

 

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Convair Atlas 3-D Pre-Launch Activity

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-14054

14 April 1959

Convair Atlas 3D in it gantry at Pad 13 during pre-launch activities. The Atlas 3D was launched at 21:46 GMT and only reached a Apogee of 1 km and logged as a failure due to propellant feed failure.

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Convair Atlas 5-D On Pad 13

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-15988

4 June 1959

Convair Atlas 5D seen on Pad 13 as the gantry is being pulled back during pre-launch activities. The Atlas 5D was launched at 17:39 GMT and only reached a Apogee of 80 km and was logged as a failure due to propellant feed failure.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 5-D On Pad 13 #2

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-15995

4 June 1959

Convair Atlas 5D on Pad 13 during pre-launch activities. The Atlas 5D was launched at 17:39 GMT and only reached a Apogee of 80 km and was logged as a failure due to propellant feed failure.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 7D On Pad 14

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

19 May 1959

A striking portrait of the Convair Atlas 7D as it stands proud at the Cape's Launch Complex 14. This failed R&D flight only reached a Apogee of 1 km and was logged as a failure due to launch systems problems.

This fine vintage glossy photograph is in very good condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 7-D Ignition At Pad 14

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-15351

19 May 1959

Convair Atlas 7D was launched at 04:34 GMT from Launch Complex 14 at the Cape and only reached a Apogee of 1 km and was logged as a failure due to launch systems problems.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 14-D On Pad 13

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-18431

11 August 1959

R&D Atlas 14D during pre-launch activity at Launch Complex 13 at the Cape. The Service Gantry is being pulled back as ground crew make the final preparations for lift off.

Convair Atlas 14D was launched at 18:01 GMT from Launch Complex 13 at the Cape on 11 August 1959. This was a successful research an development flight and it reached an Apogee of 1800 km.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 14-D On Pad 13 #2

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-18428

11 August 1959

R&D Atlas 14D during pre-launch activity at Launch Complex 13 at the Cape. The Service Gantry has been pulled back and this Atlas D booster is ready to fly.

Convair Atlas 14D was launched at 18:01 GMT from Launch Complex 13 at the Cape on 11 August 1959. This was a successful research an development flight and it reached an Apogee of 1800 km.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 14-D On Pad 13 #3

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-18429

11 August 1959

R&D Atlas 14D during pre-launch activity at Launch Complex 13 at the Cape. The Service Gantry has been pulled back and this Atlas D booster is ready to fly.

Convair Atlas 14D was launched at 18:01 GMT from Launch Complex 13 at the Cape on 11 August 1959. This was a successful research an development flight and it reached an Apogee of 1800 km.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 14-D On Pad 13 #4

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-18429 (close up)

11 August 1959

R&D Atlas 14D during pre-launch activity at Launch Complex 13 at the Cape. The Service Gantry has been pulled back and this Atlas D booster is ready to fly.

Convair Atlas 14D was launched at 18:01 GMT from Launch Complex 13 at the Cape on 11 August 1959. This was a successful research an development flight and it reached an Apogee of 1800 km.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 14-D Lift Off

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-22248

11 August 1959

A wonderful haunting view of the Convair Atlas 14D that was launched at 18:01 GMT from Launch Complex 13 at the Cape on 11 August 1959. This was a successful research an development flight and it reached an Apogee of 1800 km.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 15-D Lift Off

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-33674

24 November 1959

The Atlas 15D is seen just at the point of lift off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 13 at 19:48 GMT. This was a successful research an development flight and it reached an Apogee of 1800 km.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 17-D On Pad 13

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-19827

16 September 1959

A brilliant night view of the Atlas 17D as it stands ready for lift off  on the pad at Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 13. The Atlas 17D was launched at 02:09 on 17 September 1959 and due to hydraulic problems it was noted as a failure and only reach an Apogee of 1000 km.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Convair Atlas 18-D In Gantry At Pad 11

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-20471

1 October 1959

The Atlas 18D is seen in the gantry at Launch Complex 11 at the Cape. This Atlas booster will carry the MK3 MOD 1 re-entry vehicle on this research and development mission.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 18-D Pre Launch Activity

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-20472

1 October 1959

A brilliant night time scene as launch crews are busy reading the Atlas 18D for its R&D flight at Launch Complex 11 at the Cape. This Atlas booster will carry the MK3 MOD 1 re-entry vehicle on this research and development flight.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 18-D On Pad 11

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-20469

1 October 1959

Another brilliant night time scene as the Atlas 18D is bathed in spotlights on Pad 11 at the Cape. The gantry has been pulled back and the Atlas booster stands poised and ready for its flight to carry the MK3 MOD 1 re-entry vehicle into space for this research and development mission.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 18-D Lift Off

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-20682

6 October 1959

The Atlas 18D Launch Vehicle lifts off from Launch Complex 11 at 05:55 GMT carrying the  MK3 MOD 1 re-entry vehicle as a payload. This research and development mission was noted as a success and reached an Apogee of 1800 km.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 18-D Lift Off #2

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-20680

6 October 1959

The Atlas 18D Launch Vehicle lifts off from Launch Complex 11 at 05:55 GMT carrying the  MK3 MOD 1 re-entry vehicle as a payload. This research and development mission was noted as a success and reached an Apogee of 1800 km.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 22-D In Gantry At Pad 13

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-20956

9 October 1959

The Atlas 22D Launch Vehicle is seen in the gantry at Launch Complex 13 at the Cape while launch crews are busy with pre-launch activities.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 22-D On Pad 13

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-20959

9 October 1959

A wonderful view of the Atlas 22D Launch Vehicle on Pad 13 as the gantry is pulled back during pre-launch activities.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 22-D Lift Off

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-22386

10 October 1959

Night view of the Atlas 22D as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 13 at 3:10 GMT This was a successful research an development flight and it reached an Apogee of 1800 km.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 22-D Lift Off #2

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-22385

10 October 1959

Night view of the Atlas 22D as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 13 at 3:10 GMT This was a successful research an development flight and it reached an Apogee of 1800 km.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 26-D On Pad 11 At Night

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-21525

29 October 1959

A splendid portrait of the Convair Atlas 26D poised ready for launch on Pad 11 at the Cape. This Atlas was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral at 07:20 GMT carrying a nose-cone camera which took a series of photographs of the earth's cloud cover from a 300-mile altitude.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 26-D Lift Off

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-21519

29 October 1959

The Convair Atlas 26D lifts off from Pad 11. This Atlas was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral at 07:20 GMT carrying a nose-cone camera which took a series of photographs of the earth's cloud cover from a 300-mile altitude and reached an Apogee of 1800 km (1100 miles).

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 28-D Lift Off

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-22443

4 November 1959

Night view of the Atlas 28D as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 13 at 21:37 GMT. This was a successful research an development flight and it reached an Apogee of 1800 km.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlas 28-D Development Test Flight

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-21889

4 November 1959

A wonderful night view of the Atlas D 28D as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 13 at 21:37 GMT. This was a successful research an development flight and it reached an Apogee of 1800 km.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Convair Atlas 31-D Lift Off

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  No ID

9 December 1959

A fantastic night time view of the Atlas 31D as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 13 at 00:10 GMT. This was a successful research an development flight and it reached an Apogee of 1800 km.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 31-D Lift Off #2

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-22514

9 December 1959

A fantastic night time view of the Atlas 31D as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 13 at 00:10 GMT. This was a successful research an development flight and it reached an Apogee of 1800 km.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlas 40-D In Gantry At Pad 13

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-34414

10 December 1959

The Atlas 40D is seen just after being lifted into the gantry at Pad 13. The Atlas booster transport cradle is still being lowered after hoisting the rocket up into the gantry.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlas 40-D Development Test Flight

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-34849

19 December 1959

A wonderful night view of the Atlas 40D as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 13 at 0:48 GMT. This was a successful research an development flight for the Atlas D and it reached an Apogee of 1800 km. This Atlas made the second successful 6,325-mile flight at AMR and was the Atlas D's second full-range test.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlas 40-D Development Test Flight #2

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-34848

18 December 1959

A wonderful night view of the Atlas 40D as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 13 at 0:48 GMT. This was a successful research an development flight for the Atlas D and it reached an Apogee of 1800 km. This Atlas made the second successful 6,325-mile flight at AMR and was the Atlas D's second full-range test.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlas D 40-D Development Test Flight #3

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-22559

18 December 1959

A wonderful night view of the Atlas D 40D as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 13 at 0:48 GMT. This was a successful research an development flight for the Atlas D and it reached an Apogee of 1800 km. This Atlas made the second successful 6,325-mile flight at AMR and was the Atlas D's second full-range test.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlas D 40-D Development Test Flight #4

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-59-22558

18 December 1959

A wonderful night view of the Atlas D 40D as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 13 at 0:48 GMT. This was a successful research an development flight for the Atlas D and it reached an Apogee of 1800 km. This Atlas made the second successful 6,325-mile flight at AMR and was the Atlas D's second full-range test.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 49-D Lift Off

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-60-90086

12 February 1960

A wonderful night view of the Atlas 49D as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 13 at 04:11 GMT. This was a successful research an development flight for the Atlas D and it reached an Apogee of 1800 km.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 49-D Lift Off #2

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-60-90085

12 February 1960

A wonderful night view of the Atlas 49D as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 13 at 04:11 GMT. This was a successful research an development flight for the Atlas D and it reached an Apogee of 1800 km.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Convair Atlas 51-D Erection At Pad 13

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-60-51538

15 February 1960

The Atlas 51D is seen being hoisted up into the gantry at Launch Complex 13 at the Cape. The 51D launch attempt took place at 00:36 GMT on the 11 March 1960 and was a failure due to propulsion problems.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlas 56-D Pre-Launch Activity

10 x  8  B/W Glossy NASA Photograph

USAF No.  PL-60-54677

20 May 1960

The Atlas 56-D is seen as the Service Gantry is being pulled back at Launch Complex 12. 

The Atlas 56D was launched on 20 May 1960 at 15:00 GMT and was the longest known flight of any rocket to date: It was fired from from the Cape and impact occurred in the Indian Ocean some 9,040 statute miles away. The missile attained an apogee of about 1,000 miles.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlas 54-D Pre-Launch Activity

10 x  8  B/W Glossy NASA Photograph

USAF No.  PL-60-55177

10 June 1960

The Atlas 54-D is seen in the Gantry at Launch Complex 11. This Research and Development Test Launch was on 11 June 1960. 

Apogee: 1,800 km (1,100 mi).

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlas 54-D Development Test Flight

10 x  8   Black & White Glossy Photograph

USAF No.  PL-60-55179

11 June 1960

A wonderful night view of the Atlas 54D as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 11 at 06:30 GMT. This was a successful research an development flight and it reached an Apogee of 1800 km.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlas 32-D Lift Off

10 x  8   Colour Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-60-90480.8

9 August 1960

A fantastic vintage colour view of the Atlas 32D Research & Development flight just after the point of lift off from Launch Complex 12 at the Cape. this was listed as a successful R&D flight, Apogee: 1,800 km.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlas 32-D Lift Off #2

10 x  8   B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-60-56525

9 August 1960

Another fantastic view of the Atlas 32D Research & Development flight lifting off from Launch Complex 12 at the Cape. this was listed as a successful R&D flight, Apogee: 1,800 km.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlas 76-D Lift Off

10 x  8   B/W Glossy USAF Photograph

USAF No.  PL-60-57425

17 September 1960

The Atlas 76D Research & Development flight lifting off from Launch Complex 11 at the Cape. this was listed as a successful R&D flight, Apogee: 1,800 km.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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