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Home > New Mexico > White Sands vicinity > White Sands Missile Range, V-2 Rocket Facilities, Near Headquarters Area, White Sands, Dona Ana County, NM



B&W Photos
Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: General View, Looking North
HB849954
Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: General View, Looking North
Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: General View, Looking Northeast
HB849955
Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: General View, Looking Northeast
Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: Detail View, Northeast
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Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: Detail View, Northeast
Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: General View, Looking Southeast
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Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: General View, Looking Southeast
Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: General View, Looking South
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Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: General View, Looking South
Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: General View, Looking Southwest
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Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: General View, Looking Southwest
Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: General View, Looking Northwest
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Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: General View, Looking Northwest
Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: Detail Of North Observation Window
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Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: Detail Of North Observation Window
Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: Detail Of East Observation Window
HB849962
Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: Detail Of East Observation Window
Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: Interior, Looking Northeast
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Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: Interior, Looking Northeast
Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: Interior, Looking Northwest
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Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: Interior, Looking Northwest
Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: Interior, Detail Of North Observation Window
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Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: Interior, Detail Of North Observation Window
Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: Interior, Detail Of East Observation Window
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Army Blockhouse, Launch Complex 33: Interior, Detail Of East Observation Window
V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: Looking North
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V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: Looking North
V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: General View, Looking East
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V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: General View, Looking East
V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: General View, Looking East
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V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: General View, Looking East
V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: View From Northwest
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V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: View From Northwest
V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: View From Northeast
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V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: View From Northeast
V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: Detail Of Top Section Of Crane, Looking North
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V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: Detail Of Top Section Of Crane, Looking North
V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: Detail Of Bottom Section Of Crane, Looking North
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V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: Detail Of Bottom Section Of Crane, Looking North
V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: View Of Crane With Blast Pit Of 20,000 Pound Motor Test And Launch Facility, In Foreground, Looking West
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V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: View Of Crane With Blast Pit Of 20,000 Pound Motor Test And Launch Facility, In Foreground, Looking West
V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: General View, Looking West And Upward From Apron Of Blast Pit, 20,000 Pound Motor Test And Launch Facility
HB849975
V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: General View, Looking West And Upward From Apron Of Blast Pit, 20,000 Pound Motor Test And Launch Facility
V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: Detail Of Blast Pit, Looking West
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V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: Detail Of Blast Pit, Looking West
V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: View Of Ceiling Of Blast Pit
HB849977
V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: View Of Ceiling Of Blast Pit
V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: Detail Of Ceiling Of Blast Pit
HB849978
V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: Detail Of Ceiling Of Blast Pit
V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: General View Of Crane, Looking Northwest
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V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: General View Of Crane, Looking Northwest
V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: Detail Of Control Panel
HB849980
V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: Detail Of Control Panel
V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: Detail Of Wheel And Motor Drive Unit, End View
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V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: Detail Of Wheel And Motor Drive Unit, End View
V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: Detail Of Motor Drive Unit, Side View
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V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: Detail Of Motor Drive Unit, Side View
V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: Perspective View Of Gantry Base And Motor Drive Unit
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V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: Perspective View Of Gantry Base And Motor Drive Unit
V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: Detail Of Commemorative Plaque Near Gantry Base
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V-2 Gantry, Launch Complex 33: Detail Of Commemorative Plaque Near Gantry Base
100,000 Pound Static Test Facility: Distant View, Looking South
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100,000 Pound Static Test Facility: Distant View, Looking South
100,000 Pound Static Test Facility: General View Of Blockhouse And Upper Level Of Test Bay, Looking North
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100,000 Pound Static Test Facility: General View Of Blockhouse And Upper Level Of Test Bay, Looking North
100,000 Pound Static Test Facility: General View Of Blockhouse And Top Of Test Bay, Looking Northeast
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100,000 Pound Static Test Facility: General View Of Blockhouse And Top Of Test Bay, Looking Northeast
100,000 Pound Static Test Facility: Upper Level Of Test Bay, Looking Southeast
HB849988
100,000 Pound Static Test Facility: Upper Level Of Test Bay, Looking Southeast
100,000 Pound Static Test Facility: View Of Upper Level Of Test Bay, Looking Northeast
HB849989
100,000 Pound Static Test Facility: View Of Upper Level Of Test Bay, Looking Northeast
100,000 Pound Static Test Facility: General View Of Test Bay And Exhaust Pit, Looking Southwest
HB849990
100,000 Pound Static Test Facility: General View Of Test Bay And Exhaust Pit, Looking Southwest
100,000 Pound Static Test Facility: General View Of Test Bay And Exhaust Pit, Looking West
HB849991
100,000 Pound Static Test Facility: General View Of Test Bay And Exhaust Pit, Looking West
100,000 Pound Static Test Facility: View Of Observation Blockhouse, Looking Northwest
HB849992
100,000 Pound Static Test Facility: View Of Observation Blockhouse, Looking Northwest
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: Distant View With Blockhouse In Foreground, Looking Southeast
HB849993
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: Distant View With Blockhouse In Foreground, Looking Southeast
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: Distant View, Looking Southeast
HB849994
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: Distant View, Looking Southeast
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: Distant View, Looking South
HB849995
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: Distant View, Looking South
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: Distant View Of Test Facility, Looking Southeast
HB849996
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: Distant View Of Test Facility, Looking Southeast
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: View From West
HB849997
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: View From West
500.000 Pound Static Test Facility: View From Southwest
HB849998
500.000 Pound Static Test Facility: View From Southwest
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: View From Southwest
HB849999
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: View From Southwest
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: View From South
HB850000
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: View From South
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: View From Southeast
HB850001
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: View From Southeast
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: Close-up View Of Pill Box, From West
HB850002
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: Close-up View Of Pill Box, From West
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: View From East
HB850003
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: View From East
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: Close-up View From East Showing Movable Observation Mirrors With Tracks
HB850004
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: Close-up View From East Showing Movable Observation Mirrors With Tracks
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: Close-up View Of Test Stand From West
HB850005
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: Close-up View Of Test Stand From West
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: Close-up View Of Test Stand From South
HB850006
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: Close-up View Of Test Stand From South
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: Close-up View Of Test Stand From North
HB850007
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: Close-up View Of Test Stand From North
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: View Of Observation Blockhouse, Looking Northwest
HB850008
500,000 Pound Static Test Facility: View Of Observation Blockhouse, Looking Northwest
V-2 Assembly Building (building 1538): View From Northeast, With Mill Building In Background At Far Right
HB850009
V-2 Assembly Building (building 1538): View From Northeast, With Mill Building In Background At Far Right
V-2 Assembly Building (building 1538): View From Southwest
HB850010
V-2 Assembly Building (building 1538): View From Southwest
Mill Building (building 1558): View From Southwest, With V-2 Assembly Building In Background At Far Right
HB850011
Mill Building (building 1558): View From Southwest, With V-2 Assembly Building In Background At Far Right
Mill Building (building 1558): View From Southeast
HB850012
Mill Building (building 1558): View From Southeast
Von Braun Blockhouse (building 1592): View From Northeast
HB850013
Von Braun Blockhouse (building 1592): View From Northeast
Von Braun Blockhouse (building 1592): View From Southwest, With Mill Building In Background
HB850014
Von Braun Blockhouse (building 1592): View From Southwest, With Mill Building In Background
Photograph Of Line Drawing
HB850015
Photograph Of Line Drawing
Photograph Of Line Drawing
HB850016
Photograph Of Line Drawing
Photograph Of Line Drawing
HB850017
Photograph Of Line Drawing
Photograph Of Line Drawing
HB850018
Photograph Of Line Drawing
Photograph Of Line Drawing
HB850019
Photograph Of Line Drawing
Photograph Of Line Drawing
HB850020
Photograph Of Line Drawing
Photograph Of Line Drawing
HB850021
Photograph Of Line Drawing
Photograph Of Line Drawing
HB850022
Photograph Of Line Drawing
Photograph Of Line Drawing
HB850023
Photograph Of Line Drawing
Photograph Of Line Drawing
HB850024
Photograph Of Line Drawing
Photograph Of Line Drawing
HB850025
Photograph Of Line Drawing


Data Pages


Item Title


Location
Near Headquarters Area, White Sands vicinity, NM

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER NM-1-B
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-2).
Building/structure dates: 1945 initial construction
National Register Number: 85003541
Significance: The development of the large liquid fueled rocket, which has profoundly affected events in the twentieth century, was initiated by the Germans in the 1930s and, after World War II, continued by the United States at White Sands Proving Ground (now White Sands Missile Range). In all, 67 V-2 rockets were assembled and tested at White Sands between 1946 and 1952, providing the U.S. invaluable experience in the assembly, pre-flight testing, handling, fueling, launching, and tracking of large missiles. In the late 1940s, several V-2s were combined with a smaller rocket, the WAC Corporal, to become the first large, multi-stage rockets to be launched in the Western Hemisphere. Additionally, scientific experiments conducted in conjunction with the V-2 program yielded significant information about the upper atmosphere and other areas of research, including the effects of space on mammals.

Subjects
Military Organizations
Water Supply
Military Facilities


Related Names
Van Braun, Werner
Baird, George, Photographer
Dennett Muessig Ryan Associates, Photographer
Moore, Thomas, Photographer
Quinn, Michael C., Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. ARMY BLOCKHOUSE, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: GENERAL VIEW, LOOKING NORTH
2. ARMY BLOCKHOUSE, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: GENERAL VIEW, LOOKING NORTHEAST
3. ARMY BLOCKHOUSE, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: DETAIL VIEW, NORTHEAST
4. ARMY BLOCKHOUSE, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: GENERAL VIEW, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
5. ARMY BLOCKHOUSE, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: GENERAL VIEW, LOOKING SOUTH
6. ARMY BLOCKHOUSE, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: GENERAL VIEW, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
7. ARMY BLOCKHOUSE, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: GENERAL VIEW, LOOKING NORTHWEST
8. ARMY BLOCKHOUSE, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: DETAIL OF NORTH OBSERVATION WINDOW
9. ARMY BLOCKHOUSE, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: DETAIL OF EAST OBSERVATION WINDOW
10. ARMY BLOCKHOUSE, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: INTERIOR, LOOKING NORTHEAST
11. ARMY BLOCKHOUSE, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: INTERIOR, LOOKING NORTHWEST
12. ARMY BLOCKHOUSE, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: INTERIOR, DETAIL OF NORTH OBSERVATION WINDOW
13. ARMY BLOCKHOUSE, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: INTERIOR, DETAIL OF EAST OBSERVATION WINDOW
14. V-2 GANTRY, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: LOOKING NORTH
15. V-2 GANTRY, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: GENERAL VIEW, LOOKING EAST
16. V-2 GANTRY, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: GENERAL VIEW, LOOKING EAST
17. V-2 GANTRY, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: VIEW FROM NORTHWEST
18. V-2 GANTRY, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: VIEW FROM NORTHEAST
19. V-2 GANTRY, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: DETAIL OF TOP SECTION OF CRANE, LOOKING NORTH
20. V-2 GANTRY, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: DETAIL OF BOTTOM SECTION OF CRANE, LOOKING NORTH
21. V-2 GANTRY, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: VIEW OF CRANE WITH BLAST PIT OF 20,000 POUND MOTOR TEST AND LAUNCH FACILITY, IN FOREGROUND, LOOKING WEST
22. V-2 GANTRY, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: GENERAL VIEW, LOOKING WEST AND UPWARD FROM APRON OF BLAST PIT, 20,000 POUND MOTOR TEST AND LAUNCH FACILITY
23. V-2 GANTRY, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: DETAIL OF BLAST PIT, LOOKING WEST
24. V-2 GANTRY, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: VIEW OF CEILING OF BLAST PIT
25. V-2 GANTRY, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: DETAIL OF CEILING OF BLAST PIT
26. V-2 GANTRY, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: GENERAL VIEW OF CRANE, LOOKING NORTHWEST
27. V-2 GANTRY, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: DETAIL OF CONTROL PANEL
28. V-2 GANTRY, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: DETAIL OF WHEEL AND MOTOR DRIVE UNIT, END VIEW
29. V-2 GANTRY, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: DETAIL OF MOTOR DRIVE UNIT, SIDE VIEW
30. V-2 GANTRY, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: PERSPECTIVE VIEW OF GANTRY BASE AND MOTOR DRIVE UNIT
31. V-2 GANTRY, LAUNCH COMPLEX 33: DETAIL OF COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE NEAR GANTRY BASE
32. 100,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: DISTANT VIEW, LOOKING SOUTH
33. 100,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: GENERAL VIEW OF BLOCKHOUSE AND UPPER LEVEL OF TEST BAY, LOOKING NORTH
34. 100,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: GENERAL VIEW OF BLOCKHOUSE AND TOP OF TEST BAY, LOOKING NORTHEAST
35. 100,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: UPPER LEVEL OF TEST BAY, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
36. 100,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: VIEW OF UPPER LEVEL OF TEST BAY, LOOKING NORTHEAST
37. 100,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: GENERAL VIEW OF TEST BAY AND EXHAUST PIT, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
38. 100,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: GENERAL VIEW OF TEST BAY AND EXHAUST PIT, LOOKING WEST
39. 100,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: VIEW OF OBSERVATION BLOCKHOUSE, LOOKING NORTHWEST
40. 500,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: DISTANT VIEW WITH BLOCKHOUSE IN FOREGROUND, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
41. 500,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: DISTANT VIEW, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
42. 500,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: DISTANT VIEW, LOOKING SOUTH
43. 500,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: DISTANT VIEW OF TEST FACILITY, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
44. 500,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: VIEW FROM WEST
45. 500.000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: VIEW FROM SOUTHWEST
46. 500,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: VIEW FROM SOUTHWEST
47. 500,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: VIEW FROM SOUTH
48. 500,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: VIEW FROM SOUTHEAST
49. 500,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: CLOSE-UP VIEW OF PILL BOX, FROM WEST
50. 500,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: VIEW FROM EAST
51. 500,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: CLOSE-UP VIEW FROM EAST SHOWING MOVABLE OBSERVATION MIRRORS WITH TRACKS
52. 500,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: CLOSE-UP VIEW OF TEST STAND FROM WEST
53. 500,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: CLOSE-UP VIEW OF TEST STAND FROM SOUTH
54. 500,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: CLOSE-UP VIEW OF TEST STAND FROM NORTH
55. 500,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY: VIEW OF OBSERVATION BLOCKHOUSE, LOOKING NORTHWEST
56. V-2 ASSEMBLY BUILDING (BUILDING 1538): VIEW FROM NORTHEAST, WITH MILL BUILDING IN BACKGROUND AT FAR RIGHT
57. V-2 ASSEMBLY BUILDING (BUILDING 1538): VIEW FROM SOUTHWEST
58. MILL BUILDING (BUILDING 1558): VIEW FROM SOUTHWEST, WITH V-2 ASSEMBLY BUILDING IN BACKGROUND AT FAR RIGHT
59. MILL BUILDING (BUILDING 1558): VIEW FROM SOUTHEAST
60. VON BRAUN BLOCKHOUSE (BUILDING 1592): VIEW FROM NORTHEAST
61. VON BRAUN BLOCKHOUSE (BUILDING 1592): VIEW FROM SOUTHWEST, WITH MILL BUILDING IN BACKGROUND
62. Photograph of line drawing. SITE PLAN OF LAUNCH COMPLEX 33, DECEMBER 1945
63. Photograph of line drawing. SITE PLAN OF GANTRY CRANE TRACKS AND 20,000 POUND MOTOR TEST AND LAUNCH FACILITY ('BLAST PIT'), OCTOBER 1946
64. Photograph of line drawing. PLAN OF ARMY BLOCKHOUSE, NO DATE
65. Photograph of line drawing. SECTIONS AND PLAN OF CONTROL ROOM, ARMY BLOCKHOUSE, JANUARY 1947
66. Photograph of line drawing. ELEVATIONS OF GANTRY CRANE, CA. 1982
67. Photograph of line drawing. PLANS AND SECTIONS OF 20,000 POUND MOTOR TEST AND LAUNCH FACILITY ('BLAST PIT'), DECEMBER 1945
68. Photograph of line drawing. SECTIONS AND DETAILS OF 20,000 POUND MOTOR TEST AND LAUNCH FACILITY ('BLAST PIT'), DECEMBER 1945
69. Photograph of line drawing. ISOMETRIC VIEW OF 500,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY, NO DATE
70. Photograph of line drawing. TOPOGRAPHIC SITE PLAN OF 500,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY, APRIL 1947
71. Photograph of line drawing. PLAN OF 500,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY, NO DATE
72. Photograph of line drawing. SOUTH ELEVATION OF MOTOR CARRIAGE, 500,000 POUND STATIC TEST FACILITY, NO DATE


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