Titan IV Centaur launch, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Central California, October 2005

Titan IV Centaur launch, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Central California, October 2005

Minuteman 3 missile launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Central California, June 2005

Minuteman 3 missile launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Central California, June 2005

A West Coast Delta 4 rocket is launched with the NROL-25 payload in a spacecraft-deployment flight for the government agency that operates the nation's spy satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Vandenberg, California April 3, 2012. REUTERS/Gene

A West Coast Delta 4 rocket is launched with the NROL-25 payload in a spacecraft-deployment flight for the government agency that operates the nation's spy satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Vandenberg, California April 3, 2012. REUTERS/Gene

OTV-2. This image from video made available by the Vandenberg Air Force Base shows the X-37B unmanned spacecraft landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, on June 16, 2012. The spacecraft, which was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in March 2011, conducted in-orbit experiments during a 15-month clandestine mission, officials said. It was the second such autonomous landing at the base. (AP Photo/Vandenberg Air Force Base)

OTV-2. This image from video made available by the Vandenberg Air Force Base shows the X-37B unmanned spacecraft landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, on June 16, 2012. The spacecraft, which was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in March 2011, conducted in-orbit experiments during a 15-month clandestine mission, officials said. It was the second such autonomous landing at the base. (AP Photo/Vandenberg Air Force Base)

The Space Shuttle’s Military Launch Complex In California That Never Was

The Space Shuttle’s Military Launch Complex In California That Never Was

Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. A miniaturized version of KSC’s Launch Complex 39 where the Air Force was planning on launching dozens of Shuttle missions.

Recovery crew members process the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle at Vandenberg Air Force Base after completing 674 days in space. A total of three X-37B missions have been completed, totaling 1,367 days on orbit. Photo: Boeing

Recovery crew members process the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle at Vandenberg Air Force Base after completing 674 days in space. A total of three X-37B missions have been completed, totaling 1,367 days on orbit. Photo: Boeing

Space Shuttle Enterprise being towed to Space Launch Complex 6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base 1985. | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Space Shuttle Enterprise being towed to Space Launch Complex 6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base 1985. | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Lompoc, CA : Space Launch Complex Six (SLC-6) Vandenberg AFB ... Lived here. Used to sleep through the space launches

Lompoc, CA : Space Launch Complex Six (SLC-6) Vandenberg AFB ... Lived here. Used to sleep through the space launches

1984-85:  Space shuttle Enterprise rides a special 76-wheel motorized trailer over the hilly landscape of Vandenberg Air Force Base enroute from the Orbiter Maintenance and Checkout Facility toward Space Launch Complex 6. In November 1984 it was ferried to Vandenberg Air Force Base and used as a practice and fit-check verification tool. On May 24, 1985, Enterprise was ferried from Vandenberg Air Force Base to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Facility.

1984-85: Space shuttle Enterprise rides a special 76-wheel motorized trailer over the hilly landscape of Vandenberg Air Force Base enroute from the Orbiter Maintenance and Checkout Facility toward Space Launch Complex 6. In November 1984 it was ferried to Vandenberg Air Force Base and used as a practice and fit-check verification tool. On May 24, 1985, Enterprise was ferried from Vandenberg Air Force Base to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Facility.

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