GCASO: General Catalog of Artificial Space Objects

Jonathan C. McDowell

Launch Sites

Rocket Launch Ships: US Rocket Launching Aircraft: Fighters

F-3B Demon



The Naval Missile Center used F-3B Demon, F-4D Skyray and F-4B Phantom aircraft to launch the Sparoair I, II and III sounding rockets for various projects. The Sparoair launch list is highly incomplete and it is not always clear which aircraft was used for which launch.


Rockets used: Sparoair I,Sparoair II



Updated: 2021 Sep 23 02:17:37

Launches: F-3B
DateRocketFlightMissionPlatCodePlatformSiteLPAscSiteAscLPPosApogee
1960Sparoair I--F-3BF-3B DemonPMRW03/21WTRLP3 119.0W 33.0N (+/- 3.0) 100.0
1961Sparoair IIFlight 8-F-3BF-3B DemonPMRW03/21WTRLP3 119.0W 33.0N (+/- 3.0) 100.0
1963Sparoair IIREDGLAREComms TestF-3BF-3B DemonPMRW03/21WTRLP3 119.0W 33.0N (+/- 3.0) 103.0
1963 Aug 2 0800?Sparoair INITE OWL 1-F-3BF-3B DemonPMRW03/21WTRLP3 119.0W 33.0N (+/- 3.0) 107.0
1964 Jan 18Sparoair INITE OWL 3-F-3BF-3B DemonPMRW03/21WTRLP3 119.0W 33.0N (+/- 3.0) 91.0