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  [Video] Vanguard 1 launch with audio (3/17/1958)

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Richard Easton
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posted 04-21-2009 06:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Easton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It must have been a long couple of seconds for the folks in the blockhouse before it took off:

ilbasso
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posted 04-21-2009 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love the repeated exhortations "Keep goin', boy!" and "Keep goin', baby!" you hear in the background!

Richard Easton
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posted 04-21-2009 07:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Easton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My dad recently told me that they'd all been up all night and were exhausted by the time of launch.

art540
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posted 04-22-2009 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for art540   Click Here to Email art540     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the video, Richard. Never heard the blockhouse commentary before. It seems like the time of umbilical drop/ignition to full thrust and lift off was 5 seconds. You can see the roll jets on the first stage come on just after liftoff.

I came home from school on that Monday and the afternoon newspaper headline read: VANGUARD HITS SPACE ROAD.

Many thanks!

Charles Boyer
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posted 05-06-2009 02:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charles Boyer   Click Here to Email Charles Boyer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Easton:
My dad recently told me that they'd all been up all night and were exhausted by the time of launch.

My grandfather's description was "puckered up." He was one of the telemetry guys for that particular flight.

Richard Easton
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posted 05-08-2009 09:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Easton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Charles, what was your grandfather's name? I would like to forward it to Vanguardians.

dwmzmm
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posted 05-08-2009 09:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dwmzmm   Click Here to Email dwmzmm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, great video! The only Vanguard clips I've seen is the very first one (that falls
back and explodes on the pad). The Vanguard does have a very graceful, fluid motion as it's moving through the atmosphere.

Charles Boyer
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posted 06-30-2009 11:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charles Boyer   Click Here to Email Charles Boyer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
V. L. Pinson Sr., Richard.

He was at MILA and then the Cape from 1954-1969.

rafefour
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posted 08-04-2009 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rafefour   Click Here to Email rafefour     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the video and audio blockhouse commentary.

I was a senior in high school and only ever saw Vanguard failures. I am happy to know, at last,the success of the rocket and the work of the engineers.

It is still exciting to see and experience.

art540
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posted 08-10-2009 11:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for art540   Click Here to Email art540     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As Time magazine wrote so aptly one week later: "Vanguard's farewell roar reverberated across the Cape".

Richard Easton
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posted 03-17-2014 04:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Easton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy 56th birthday to Vanguard 1.

Headshot
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posted 04-11-2014 01:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a great video! I still have my Geobra Vanguard model from the late '50s. I thought the inside of the rocket was sooo complicated! Thanks for posting the video.

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