Vandenberg Minuteman II Launch Observed

Jake Rees (
Sat, 2 Oct 1999 20:30:51 -0700

Well, I just hope those in the US southwest heeded Brian Webb's launch alert
and looked.  It launched just after 7 PM PDT and all expectations were met.
I'm not going to try to describe it as I don't think I can find the words
right now.  One reason for posting is to alert all, whether you saw it or
not to keep an eye on your local TV news if in California.  Even if
elsewhere, video of it will probably show up on CNN, BBC, American CBS, NBC,
and ABC TV network national news shows.  I already saw on my big satellite
dish a feed of it on ABC's news feed channel.  I also videotaped it and had
alerted local TV stations who may have known already or maybe not.  But they
were told and I imagine there is plenty of video of it and still pictures.
Dave Ransom (STS Plus creator) e-mailed me that he saw it from Sedona,
Arizona.  I'm sure he won't mind if I post it here:

< Jake,

Tonight's launch was clearly visible from Sedona in Northern Arizona.
Spectacular! We could follow the missile through cutoff and the lower
portion of the contrail was still visible at 19:15 MST=PDT. Vicki had her
aircraft scanner on and the pilots went bananas ... One pilot even knew
what was going on, somewhat unusual, but Albuquerque Center didn't have a