2/11/13 - Titan long range ballistic missile at the Titan Missile Museum in its silo. Per the terms of the Cold War, we had to do various things that would make it impossible for the missile launch sites to be viable in the future. One of these was to cut holes in the inside walls of the silo. The museum decided to make these holes into viewing windows so that visitors could actually see the missile. The first iteration of the missile used a fuel mixture that took, I think, about thirty minutes to prepare it for firing. Later, a new fuel mixture was instituted that could allow a missile to be launched in 30 seconds. The folks operating the launch site would not have received any feedback on whether their missile successfully reached and destroyed its target, since the assumption was that these missiles would never be launched unless Russia had already launched missiles at the U.S. and it was expected in this case for destruction of both countries to be virtually complete. The missile site had big radio antennas for communications that could be completely retracted into the ground. There were three of them, so that if one was destroyed, another could be raised up out of the ground to replace it. Each day the folks manning the site would go through a series of tests of every system involved in the missile and the site. In spite of this, there were many hours when they had virtually nothing to do and boredom was their greatest trial.
Thanks so much for your warm reception to my shot of the vintage Airstream. I do appreciate every one of them!
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