Car Club Field Trip

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  1. dart4forte

    dart4forte FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    The Phoenix Mopar club met up yesterday morning for a trip down to Tucson to check out the Titan Missle Complex Museum. Real interesting in that Igrew up during those early days of the cold war. Just to think, two officers in a bunker had control of a 9 megaton bomb that could destroy over 900 square miles

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    • Johnny Dart

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      Wow....That's amazing.
       
    • 66fyssh

      66fyssh Don't Stop Believin' FABO Gold Member

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      That's awesome. I didn't know there was a Titan II muesum.

      My first assignment in the Air Force in 1985 was in missile radio at McConnell AFB in Kansas. I made it down into a Titan II active silo before they started deactivating them. Then I got down a number of times after deactivating.

      Sure is a big bomb (well pretty small for the damage it can do) attached to a large missile!!

      I did training for the Ground Launched Cruise Missile system at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tuscon in 1987, but didn't hear about the museum. I need to put that on my bucket list!!!

      Great pictures, thanks for sharing!!
       
    • dart4forte

      dart4forte FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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      This Silo was saved from destruction by a group of people including its last commander. They still had to de-militarize the site to satisfy the the SALT requirements. If you notice the picture of the missle there’s a window cut out so that the Soviets could verify there was no warhead. The missle in the picture was a training missile. The guys giving the briefing were actual silocommanders back in the day. There was some ream doomsday stuff discussed.

      Real 60s technology. The info for the guidance system was on tapes and manually loaded into the computer. The crew had no idea what the target would be. They actually went through a launch sequence.
       
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      • 66fyssh

        66fyssh Don't Stop Believin' FABO Gold Member

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        @67Dart273 will appreciate one of the radio systems they used.

        It was called SLFCS (pronounced slif-cus). Survivable Low Frequency Communication System. At the launch sites it was receive only in the 14KHz - 60 KHz range!!!
         
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        • MomsDuster

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          Very cool! Thanks:thumbsup:
           
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          66fyssh Don't Stop Believin' FABO Gold Member

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          Way cool. Especially hearing from the guys who were actually down there ready to launch when the word was given!!

           
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          • halifaxhops

            halifaxhops It's going to get stupid around here! FABO Gold Member

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            Thanks I served in that era. Was pretty interesting to say the least. On my bucket list now.
             
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            • dart4forte

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              The security they had at the sites was strict. When there was a crew change the new crew would arrive at a gate there was a phone they used to call for the gate to be opened automatically. Once through the gate the new crew began doing system checks of everything above ground. The crew consisted of two officers, the silo commander, deputy commander and two enlisted techs. Whiclethe crew was inspection the above ground systems the commander went to another phone and called the crew inside to open the first door. This had to be done within 5 minutes. If not a security force would be deployed.
              There were two other phone that had to be used in order to access the silo.

              The secured the inside of the compound using Doppler radar. There were Doppler stations around the perimeter of the compound and at all four corners of the missle silo

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              • diymirage

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                where are all the cars?
                 
              • my5thmopar

                my5thmopar Life Long MOPAR Owner FABO Gold Member

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                Yup. I worked on all the comm including SLFCS. Most systems radio, intra-site and launch control. There were about 120 of us USAF wide. I worked at Minuteman bases 78-86. There is a Minuteman (National Park Site) site in South Dakota.
                 
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