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Missile maintenance

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. -- A Malmstrom missile maintenance team removes the upper section of an ICBM at a Montana missile site. The section was picked at random for a "glory trip," or a test launch, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in August. The launch allows Malmstrom and Vandenberg officials to observe a launch to gather data on the weapon system's performance, accuracy and reliability. To prepare for the test launch, the missile maintenance team removed the payload shroud, missile guidance set and propulsion system rocket engine. The booster is coming from Hill AFB, Utah. The ICBM parts from Malmstrom and the booster from Hill will be reassembled at Vandenberg. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman John Parie)

PHOTO BY: Airman John Parie
VIRIN: 030416-F-0000C-003.JPG
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