Minuteman III nuclear missile test, 2015

Minuteman III nuclear missile test, 2015

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Credit: US AIR FORCE, Michael Peterson/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Minuteman III nuclear missile test. Global strike command crew testing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) designed to be used as a nuclear missile. This is an operational test launch of an unarmed Minuteman III missile, with this command crew operating at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA. The command crew are part of 576th Flight Test Squadron. The missile was launched together with the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom AFB, Montana, USA. This ICBM test launch program demonstrated the operational credibility of the Minuteman III and its use as a nuclear deterrent by the USA. Photographed on 27 March 2015.

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