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Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 16

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Short name  LC-16
Status  Inactive
Last launch  March 21, 1988
Total launches  141
Launch pad(s)  One
First launch  December 12, 1959
Operator  United States Air Force
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Associated rockets  Titan I Titan II Pershing 1/Pershing 1a Pershing II
Launch site  Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Launch Complex 16 (LC-16) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida is a launch complex built for use by LGM-25 Titan missiles, and later used for NASA operations before being transferred back to the US military and used for tests of MGM-31 Pershing missiles. Six Titan I missiles were launched from the complex between December 1959 and May 1960. These were followed by seven Titan II missiles, starting with the type's maiden flight on March 16, 1962. The last Titan II launch from LC-16 was conducted on May 29, 1963.

Following the end of its involvement with the Titan missile, LC-16 was transferred to NASA, which used it for Gemini crew processing, and static firing tests of the Apollo Service Module's propulsion engine. Following its return to the US Air Force in 1972, it was converted for use by the Pershing missile, which made its first flight from the complex on May 7, 1974. Seventy-nine Pershing 1a and 49 Pershing II missiles were launched from LC-16. The last Pershing launch from the facility was conducted on March 21, 1988. It was deactivated the next day and subsequently decommissioned under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

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Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 16 Wikipedia


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