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Launch Complex 37 History

     Launch Complex 37, originally known as Army Launch Area 3, was the main test complex for both the Nike Ajax and Nike Hercules Air Defense Missile Systems.  After initial Research and Development testing at LC-33 (Army Launch Area 1) most testing was was done at LC-37.  Several thousand Nike Ajax and Hercules missiles were fired from 6 launch sections located several hundred yards north of the radar and control locations.

     The Missile Assembly building and the Ajax Fueling stations were located at the western edge edge of the complex.  Both remain today, except the building could use some tender loving care, and the refueling station is a little over grown by vegetation.

     East of the Missile Assembly building was the launch sections (A through F) with "F" section being closest.  Sections "E" and "F" were located to the west of Range Road 15 and Sections "A" through "D" were east of Range Road 15.

     The Integrated Fire Control (IFC) Areas were several hundred yards to the south of the launch sections.  Later, during the Nike Hercules era, the Improved Nike Hercules IFC area was located just north of Nike Avenue (running from the main post to Orogrande) and east of Range Road 15.  You can see some photos of the IFC Area here!