Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 3

Launch Complex 3 (LC-3) is a deactivated US Air Force launch site southeast of SLC-36 on Cape Canaveral, Florida at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It was constructed, with launch complexes 1, 2, and 4, in the early 1950s for the Snark missile program.[1]

Launch Complex 3
Launch of Bumper 8 from LC-3. This was the first launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Launch siteCape Canaveral Air Force Station
LocationCape Canaveral, Florida
Short nameLC-3
OperatorUS Air Force
Total launches77
Launch pad(s)1
Launch history
First launchBumper-8 (July 24, 1950)
Last launchBOMARC (August 12, 1959)
UGM-27 Polaris
Lockheed X-17

It was formerly used to launch Bumper, BOMARC, UGM-27 Polaris, and Lockheed X-17 missiles. The pad was also the site of the first launch from Cape Canaveral, a Bumper rocket on July 24, 1950. The site also served as a medical support facility during Project Mercury.[2]


  1. Svirskas, Rob (September 14, 2008). "Complexes 1-4". Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Virtual Tour. Retrieved January 25, 2010.
  2. Pike, John (April 27, 2005). "Complexes 3 & 4 -- Cape Canaveral Air Station". Retrieved January 25, 2010.

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