Titan Missile Museum

The Titan Missile Museum is the only remaining Titan missile silo, Site 571-1.  It is one of 18 sites the U.S. Air Force maintained near Tucson and the only intercontinental ballistic missile complex open to the public in the world.  For more than 20 years (1963-1984), each day, a four-person crew from the 390th Strategic Missile Wing at Davis-Montan Air Force Base, spent 24 hours locked into the control room and silo area before being relieved by the next crew.  A deactivated 103-foot Titan II missile sits in the silo now, but for the 20+ years, a missile loaded with propellants and a nuclear warhead sat here ready to be launched within one minute from the time an order was received.  The silo door is fixed into a half-open position so that satellites can verify that this is an inactive missile.  A skylight covers the open half of the launch silo. www.pimaair.org/titan_01.htm



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