stuff that’s hard to do (Falcon 9 from Wind&fog AFB)

Ahhh, a launch in the fog.
Now that‘s what I remember*

Cool shot of it rising through the fog
just a few seconds after liftoff
(full-screen, definitely)

I’ll bet the folks in the blockhouse (almost 60-yrs old now) enjoy knowing that
Stage-I was falling toward them aimed at a landing pad just a few-hundred yards away**.

☟ *&** (Doug tells his back-in-the-day stories again) ☟ »
* They launch into sun-sync polar orbits from Vandenberg’s SLC-4 (Space Launch Complex 4),
me ol’ stomping grounds for eight years (’70-’74, ’76-’81) and 21 Titan-III launches
for a few NRO satellite programs (polar-ish, sun-sync, and Molniya orbits).

** Buy me a drink, and we’ll talk about being on the disaster crew at the
near-fallback site (about a mile from the pad) during launches in the fog at night
where everybody hung around the fire truck trying to look relaxed,
but primed to dive under it.

One Comment!

  1. Fat Baxter
    Posted June 12, 2019 at 10:01 pm |

    Ah, Vandenberg — where the sewer meets the sea under the fog bank! Been there, seen that.