LGM-30 Minuteman chronology

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This is a chronology of the LGM-30 Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile, acquisition and operational.

Program chronology[edit]

  • 1956
  • 1957
    • ICBM improvements studies started
    • Minuteman configuration studies started
  • 1958
  • 1959
    • First R&D firing from silo - inert second and third stage
  • 1960
    • First contract for operational wing facilities at Wing I
    • Missile production
  • 1961
  • 1962
  • 1963
    • First wing turnover at Wing I, Wing II turnover
    • Force Mod program approved
    • First motor static test firing to verify reliability
  • 1964
  • 1965
  • 1966
  • 1967
  • 1968
  • 1969
    • Force Mod rate decrease
    • Force Mod at Wing I complete
    • Service Star testing began for RSs
  • 1970
    Minuteman-III on display at Air Force Museum
  • 1971
  • 1972
  • 1973
  • 1974
    • Full Force upgrade silo approved
    • MK12A and Pave Pepper programs started
    • SSAS was deployed for Minuteman II
  • 1975
  • 1976
    • Upgrade silo and CDB completed at Wing III
    • Upgrade silo and CDB completed at Wing VI
    • Long range service life analysis performed for propulsion system
    • Hybrid explicit implemented for Minuteman III
    • Minuteman II MGS vibration test program initiated
    • New calibration schedule implemented to correct MGS startup transients
    • Minuteman II Stage 3 lot 16 motor igniters replaced
  • 1977
    • Minuteman III missile production terminated
    • Inertial performance data began to be collected for guidance system fault isolation
    • Began implementation of ILCS at Minuteman II wings
  • 1978
    • GIP implemented at Minuteman III
    • Thrust termination port investigation began
  • 1979
    • Minuteman II stage 2 motor remanufacturing program began to correct degraded liner/Minuteman III stage 3 degraded liner investigation initiated
    • USAF advisory board recommended that carbon-carbon nose tips be developed for MK12 RVs
  • 1980
    • Upgrade silo and CDB completed at Wing VI
    • Minuteman II accuracy/reliability investigation conducted
    • VRSA replacement design started
    • Diagnostic data package hardware delivered to provide re-entry/separation data for Minuteman II flights
  • 1981
    • MGS electronics investigation completed
    • Accuracy, Reliability, Supportability Improvement Program (ARSIP) program began
  • 1982
    • Minuteman III guidance upgrade program implemented
    • MK12A re-entry vehicle FOC
    • Special operational test program began - Minuteman II
    • Hardness critical items identified and procured
  • 1983
    • Minuteman-III MGS vibration test program initiated
    • Special operational test program complete - accuracy improvements verified
  • 1984
    • Minuteman Extended Survivable Power IOC
    • GUP implemented for Minuteman III
  • 1985
    • Rivet MILE (Minuteman Integrated Life Extension) program began
  • 1986
    • LGM-118A Peacekeeper deployment initiated
  • 1987
    • Integrated Nuclear Effects Assessment (INEA)
    • ARSIP implemented for Minuteman II
    • Piece-parts manufacturing for diminished manufacturing sources
    • Rivet MILE began Improved Minuteman Physical Security System (IMPSS) installation
  • 1988
    • Minuteman-III Stage 2 washout/Stage 3 replacement
    • Comprehensive reliability investigations conducted
    • Peacekeeper fully operational at Wing V
  • 1989
    • Rapid Execution and Combat Targeting (REACT) program initiated
    • Rocket Motor Transporter replacement
    • Code Change Verifier replacement
    • Transporter-Erector replacement
  • 1990
  • 1991
    • Minuteman II removed from SIOP
  • 1992
    • Minuteman II deactivation initiated
    • MESP discontinued
    • Rivet MILE completes IMPSS installation
    • SRV Program initiated
    • Rivet ADD initiated
    • Missile Transporter replacement
    • Missile Transporter (PT III) replacement
  • 1993
    • GRP contract awarded
  • 1994
    • PRP initial contracts awarded
  • 1995
    • REACT consoles begin deployment
    • Minuteman-II deactivation complete
    • BRAC decision to close Wing VI by 1998
  • 1996
    • REACT deployment complete
  • 1998
    • Wing VI deactivation complete
    • Wing VI Minuteman IIIs moved to Wing I
    • AF awards ICBM Prime contract to TRW team for ICBM engineering
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2001
    • PRP deployment initiated
  • 2005
    • Peacekeeper deactivation complete[1]
  • 2007-08

Test Launches[edit]

Minuteman IA/B
Date System Location Nickname Note
1 Feb 1961 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS, LF-31A Serial 401
19 May 1961 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS, LF-31A
27 Jul 1961 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS, LF-31A
30 Aug 1961 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS, LF-32B
17 Nov 1961 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS, LF-32B
18 Dec 1961 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
5 Jan 1962 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
25 Jan 1962 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
15 Feb 1962 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
8 Mar 1962 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
22 Mar 1962 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
24 Apr 1962 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
11 May 1962 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
18 May 1962 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
8 Jun 1962 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
29 Jun 1962 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
12 Jul 1962 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
9 Aug 1962 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
18 Sep 1962 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
19 Sep 1962 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
17 Oct 1962 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
19 Nov 1962 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
7 Dec 1962 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
14 Dec 1962 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
20 Dec 1962 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
7 Jan 1963 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
23 Jan 1963 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
20 Feb 1963 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
18 Mar 1963 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
27 Mar 1963 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
10 Apr 1963 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
18 May 1963 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
28 May 1963 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
5 Jun 1963 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
27 Jun 1963 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
1 Jul 1963 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
17 Jul 1963 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
25 Jul 1963 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
5 Aug 1963 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
27 Aug 1963 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
7 Nov 1963 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
13 Nov 1963 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
18 Dec 1963 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
16 Jan 1964 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
28 Jan 1964 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
12 Feb 1964 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
25 Feb 1964 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
27 Feb 1964 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
13 Mar 1964 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
20 Mar 1964 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
30 Mar 1964 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
7 Apr 1964 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
24 Apr 1964 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
29 Sep 1964 Minuteman I Cape Canaveral AFS,
Minuteman II
Date System Location Nickname Note
24 Sep 1964 Minuteman II Cape Canaveral AFS,
29 Sep 1964 Minuteman II Cape Canaveral AFS,
29 Oct 1964 Minuteman II Cape Canaveral AFS,
15 Dec 1964 Minuteman II Cape Canaveral AFS,
18 Dec 1964 Minuteman II Cape Canaveral AFS,
28 Jan 1965 Minuteman II Cape Canaveral AFS,
7 May 1965 Minuteman II Cape Canaveral AFS,
25 May 1965 Minuteman II Cape Canaveral AFS,
3 Aug 1965 Minuteman II Cape Canaveral AFS,
23 Aug 1965 Minuteman II Cape Canaveral AFS,
24 Sep 1965 Minuteman II Cape Canaveral AFS,
1 Oct 1965 Minuteman II Cape Canaveral AFS,
13 Dec 1966 Minuteman II Vandenberg AFB, LF-05 First Minuteman ERCS test
2 Feb 1967 Minuteman II Vandenberg AFB, LF-05 Second Minuteman ERCS test
4 Aug 1970 Minuteman II Vandenberg AFB, LF-05 GIANT MOON 1, GLORY TRIP 16L
22 Oct 1971 Minuteman II Vandenberg AFB, LF-05 GIANT MOON 2, GLORY TRIP 40L
22 Mar 1972 Minuteman II Vandenberg AFB, LF-05 GIANT MOON 3, GLORY TRIP 200L
26 Jul 1973 Minuteman II Vandenberg AFB, LF-05 GIANT MOON 4
12 Mar 1974 Minuteman II Vandenberg AFB, LF-05 GIANT MOON 5
22 Oct 1974 Minuteman II Vandenberg AFB, LF-05 GIANT MOON 6
5 Sep 1975 Minuteman II Vandenberg AFB, LF-05 GIANT MOON 7
26 Oct 1976 Minuteman II Vandenberg AFB, LF-05 GIANT MOON 8
ALCS-assisted ICBM Launches
Date Designation System Location Note
3 Mar 1967 BUSY LOBBY Minuteman Vandenberg AFB, LF 5 First ALCS-assisted launch
17 Apr 1967 BUSY MISSILE Minuteman Vandenberg AFB, LF 08
28 Apr 1967 BUSY MUMMY Minuteman Vandenberg AFB, LF 02
11 May 1967 BUSY FELLOW Minuteman Vandenberg AFB, LF 21
25 Jan 1968 OLY TRIALS 7 Minuteman II Vandenberg AFB, LF 22
12 Mar 1969 GIANT FIST 3 Minuteman II Vandenberg AFB, LF 04
18 Apr 1969 SST M-3 Minuteman II Vandenberg AFB, LF 25
18 Jun 1969 GLORY TRIP 37B Minuteman II Vandenberg AFB, LF 07
23 Jul 1969 GLORY TRIP 41B Minuteman II Vandenberg AFB, LF 07
26 Aug 1969 GLORY TRIP 15F Minuteman II Vandenberg AFB, LF 22
13 Oct 1969 GLORY TRIP 22F Minuteman Vandenberg AFB, LF 24
21 Oct 1969 GLORY TRIP 45B Minuteman Vandenberg AFB, LF 07
5 Dec 1969 GLORY TRIP 50B Minuteman Vandenberg AFB, LF 07
23 Mar 1970 GLORY TRIP 63B Minuteman Vandenberg AFB, LF 07
21 May 1970 GLORY TRIP 55F Minuteman Vandenberg AFB, LF 25
8 Jun 1970 GLORY TRIP 72B Minuteman Vandenberg AFB, LF 07
9 Jul 1970 GLORY TRIP 66F Minuteman Vandenberg AFB, LF 24
3 Aug 1970 GLORY TRIP 61F Minuteman Vandenberg AFB, LF 25
4 Aug 1970 GLORY TRIP 16L Minuteman Vandenberg AFB, LF 05
26 Aug 1970 GLORY TRIP 43M Minuteman Vandenberg AFB, LF 05

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