Dual Minuteman III Launch

From: Brian Webb (102670.1206@compuserve.com)
Date: Mon Oct 02 2000 - 16:37:51 PDT

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    There was a dual Minuteman III launch from Vandenberg AFB early on the
    morning of September 28th. 
    Jay, one of my coworkers, stayed up late and observed the first launch at
    01:04 PDT (08:04 UTC). He was in Camarillo, California about 95 miles
    east-southeast of Vandenberg. The sky was clear, but very murky and only
    the three brightest stars were visible.
    In spite of this, Jay saw the Minuteman III rise over a neighbor's roof and
    said that it was bright. He then began observing it through binoculars and
    saw staging. Jay counted 31 flashes from the jettisoned first stage which
    was still burning and tumbling. He didn't stay up for the second launch,
    which took place about an hour later.
    A .wav file of a news story about these launches is posted at
    http://home.earthlink.net/~kd6nrp. Go to the File Library and click on
    Brian Webb
    Ventura County, California
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