Monday, June 5, 2017

Titan Missile Museum | Green Valley | Arizona

This facility is the only one left of the Titan ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) facilities around the States during the Cold War.  All the other ones were deactivated by 1981.  I guess we're not going to know what is in the Titan Time Capsule until a few years from now, quite a few.

These stairs going down into the earth lead to a set of stairways (or a slow elevator) to the command center, as shown in the next few photos.  Far underground and well insulated with thick cement walls, if the missile had been launched, you would not have heard a thing in this command center.  Above ground, the noise would be unbelievable.


The doors are incredibly thick, as shown in the photo below.

Hazardous material was avoided by these suits, but this emergency shower was available just in case. 

Following are photos of parts of the ICBM that is the only one left standing, others are in storage.  This is one of the most powerful built in the States.  It had a range of 6,000 miles, with a 9 megaton warhead.  It could travel at 16,000 MPH and when it touched down, it would destroy 900 square miles.  It is too massive to get in one photo.  And, of course, this is all behind Plexiglas.


In order to get a bird's-eye view, this was taken through plexiglass from the outside.

This engine is the Stage 1, and has 430,000 pounds of thrust.

This is the second stage.

This is an antenna, even though it may look like it's from outer space. 

Another antenna is for Amateur Radio Operators, and the second photo shows an invitation to operators to bring their equipment in to use the antenna.