Mult-camera coverage of a test launch of the Titan VS-1 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) rocket. The Titan VS-1 was launched from an in-ground silo.
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Date: May 3, 1961
Original Title: TITAN VS-1 LAUNCH, 05/03/1961
Film Type: Color / Silent
Credit: U.S. Air Force
Archival Source: National Archives / 342-USAF / 342-USAF-34148
Transcript / Shot List
Coverage from six tracking cameras of the first in-silo launch of a liquid fueled ICBM, Titan VS-1, code named "Silver Saddle," and carrying a dummy second stage from the Silo Launch Test Facility (SLTF). The test was to confirm the silo launcher configuration and the feasibility of launching from within an underground silo. 3 reels, 16mm analyzed. Reel 1: Tracking camera coverage from two sites of Titan VS-1 launch at the SLTF showing ground-level surface of the silo as it appears during initial under-ground ignition with flames escaping from silo ducts, missile emerging and climbing. 690' Total footage in reel. Reel 2: Tracking camera coverage from two locations with 96-inch and 14-inch lenses at 48 and 72 FPS of Titan VS-1 launch showing flames escaping from the two silo ducts, missile emerging and climbing. 875' Total footage in reel. Reel 3: MCU tracking camera footage of Titan VS-1 launch from SLTF showing ignition, flames escaping from silo ducts, missile emerging and climbing.