Friday, February 13, 2009

Titan Missile Museum

We had a great day doing more site-seeing in the Tucson area.  Left right after breakfast and made it home in time for happy hour.  We stopped at Diamond Desert Casino for lunch, I put $10.00 in a slot machine and won $30.00, paid for our day out.

The Titan Missile Museum shows the vestiges of the Cold War between the US and the former Soviet Union. P1010350







This is one of the Rocket Engine, it had up to 100,000 pounds of thrust.


Our guide gave us a simulated missile launch in the underground launch control center.  The missiles were equipped with a nine-megaton thermonuclear warhead, the titan 2 was capable of reaching its target more than half a world away in less than thirty minutes.  WOW 


The top of the 103 foot tall titan 2 missile in it launch duct..  The Silo has 8-foot thick walls.P1010356

Silo Closure doors are 760 tons of concreted steel.  They opened automatically during launch count down or by control panel..  The door is now permanently blocked half open.

All 54 of the Titan 2 missile complexes were deactivated in 1987.  The one here in AZ is the only complex still in tact although completely unarmed.   A little trivia, the TV show Star Trek did some filming at the Museum.  

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