PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE FACT SHEET
Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge
Configuration: Mobile Launcher
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE
Current Status: No Longer Used for Missile Launches
First Launch: May 20, 1956
Final Launch: May 20, 1956
Total Number of Launches: 1
Vehicles Launched: Matador
Patrick Air Force Base was the site of a single Matador missile launch which was open to the public in honor of Armed Forces Day on May 20, 1956.
This was the only known missile launch from Patrick. However, according to the late Norris “Chief” Gray,
Patrick held launches of an unspecified number of HVAR (pronounced “Hi-Var”) sounding rockets in the early 1950’s.
These launches are not
included in official Air Force launch chronologies.
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