2/9/13 - Inside the Titan Missile Site Musuem. The tour of this facility, which is located just south of Tucson, is quite interesting. I especially found fascinating the information about how they supported the missile on giant springs to keep it from being damaged if there were a nearby atomic bomb strike, as well as the way springs insulated other parts of the structure, as well. One of the doors is eight feet thick with immense amounts of rebar for reinforcement. The missile launch procedure was also very interesting, particularly in terms of the safeguards that were put in place to prevent a single person to launch the missile. I suspect a lot of visitors to the Tucson area miss this museum, which is well worth a visit. Tucson had a wing of the Strategic Air Command and numerous missile silos...one of three major clusters in the country. Interestingly, with the end of the Cold War, Russia decided NOT to have a similar museum, so this one is the only one in the world. Visitors are encouraged to take photos inside and outside the silo, since nothing is classified any longer. One fascinating fact I learned was that no one at the site ever knew what the targets were in the Soviet Union and that information has never been released. The missile we saw had three possible targets and the launch sequence would determine which of the three would actually be the target, 1,2, or 3. Once a missile were fired, the people working in the silo would have approximately sixty days of air, food and water. After that time they would have to decide if they wanted to die underground or go outside to face what was expected to be total nuclear destruction.
Thanks for your comments on my closeup of the great horned owl. I always appreciate your comments, as I know how much time it takes to do so. Have a great day!
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