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Minuteman nuclear missile launch, 1980. Launch of an unarmed Minuteman III nuclear missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA. LGM-30 Minuteman missiles, a type of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), entered service in 1962. They were stationed across the USA ready for launch against the Soviet Union (USSR) during the Cold War. Photographed on 1 July 1980.
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