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Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Vandenberg Air Force Base

AIAA Historic Aerospace Site

 
 
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Historic Aerospace Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joe Page, February 27, 2015
1. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Historic Aerospace Site Marker
Marker recognizing Vandenberg Air Force Base's contributions to the Cold War and Space Race, and specifically calling out the Discoverer/CORONA program, the world's first photoreconnaissance ("spy") satellite system.
Inscription.  

Bearing witness to the birth of the Space Age, Vandenberg Air Force Base has been the launch site of many of America's missiles and rockets, from military missions to voyages of exploration. Here launched the first polar orbiting satellite Discoverer I in 1959. The Discoverer series of satellites were the public name of the now declassified Corona Program, America's first photo reconnaissance satellite. This site has also been home to the training of the crews and test flights of many of America's Intermediate-Range and Intercontinental Ballistic Missile systems. From 1957 to the present day, Vandenberg has been an integral part of America's space and defense programs.
 
Erected 2008 by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
 
Location. 34° 44.61′ N, 120° 31.896′ W. Marker is in Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in Santa Barbara County. Marker is on California Boulevard north of Utah Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lompoc CA 93437, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured
AIAA Historic Aerospace Site Marker at the Missile "V" image. Click for full size.
By Joe Page, February 27, 2015
2. AIAA Historic Aerospace Site Marker at the Missile "V"
The "Missile V" is a commemorative park that displays many historic and memorial plaques relating to Vandenberg Air Force Base's history.
as the crow flies. USAF Medal of Honor Recipients (within shouting distance of this marker); The Curtis P-40 (approx. half a mile away); Camp Cooke Memorial (approx. half a mile away); 40th Infantry Division Korean War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Space Launch Complex 10 (approx. 5.4 miles away); Ronald W. Reagan Missile Defense Site (approx. 5 miles away); La Purisima Mission ← 3 Miles (approx. 5.9 miles away); First Successful Cement Job (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vandenberg Air Force Base.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, Cold
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 28, 2015, by Joe Page of Albuquerque, New Mexico. This page has been viewed 322 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on October 5, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 28, 2015, by Joe Page of Albuquerque, New Mexico. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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