Saturday, June 6, 2015

Retro Saturday: Range Report, First Quarter 1967

Click the arrow to watch the film. Video source: Jeff Quitney YouTube channel.

The year 1967 began at Cape Canaveral promising to be the busiest and most historic in the history of Cape Kennedy Air Force Station.

But by the end of January, three Apollo astronauts had perished when fire broke out inside their capsule at Launch Complex 34.

As investigators descended on the Cape, other uncrewed programs continued — military and civilian, launched from land, water and even from a hole in the ground.

This week's Retro Saturday is a quarterly report prepared by the U.S. Air Force Office of Information at Patrick Air Force base, south of Cocoa Beach. Technically speaking, Cape Kennedy (today known as Cape Canaveral) Air Force Station was part of Patrick AFB, sharing the same commanding officer.

This 15-minute film touches briefly on the Apollo 1 fire, then looks at a number of launch programs at the Cape that year.

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