Navaho launch
Navaho launch Zoom

It is June 26, 1957, and G-26 missile number 3 [8270] and booster 008 roar off the pad at Complex 9. Sadly, after a flawless launch and 42 seconds of flight, there was a malfunction. A decay of the booster's thrust did not allow the vehicle to reach its proper speed. Although the missile separated from the booster, it did not reach the required speed for engine start, and glided 47 nautical miles downrange to land in the ocean.

This photo gives an excellent view of the weather cover in its retracted position.

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Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force.
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