|10-22-2007, 04:27 AM||#1|
Joined: Oct 2005
Location: Diamond Bar, CA.
Questor visits an Atlas F Nuclear Missile Silo
Hello fellow ADVriders.
I’ve been to a place that I want to share with you all.
But first a bit of history, to set the scene.
In 1960, the Cold War was a reality. Complete nuclear annihilation was a daily possibility. The
My generation grew up with the knowledge that we could be vaporized by an Enemy “Nuke” at any time. It was part of society, and almost daily conversation. I remember movies like Dr. Strangelove, Red Dawn, The Next Day, A Boy and His Dog, and other movies of nuclear apocalypse.
So I guess, in the back of my mind, I have always fantasized about the idea of living in a restored Missile Silo. I’m not super social, and the idea of just “closing the blast doors” and being alone for a week or two is appealing – so long as I can have my high speed Internet connection.
I had known of these Cold War Silos for a while, and began doing research.
It turns out there is a “ring” of 12 Silos around Plattsburg Air Force Base.
It also turns out that one has been restored and converted to a private residence.
The person who owns it actually lives in
I mean how could I not!
By the end of 1962, the US Strategic Air Commend had deployed squadrons all over the
In comparison the Atlas E squadrons at Fairchild AFB,
The Atlas-F was deployed in a 175 foot deep underground missile silo that were "hardened" against all but a direct nuclear hit. Made of steel reinforced concrete and ring beams, these concrete cylinders would hold a metal cradle that would be suspended from a suspension system, to protect the whole “cradle” from vibration in case of a nuclear attack. These “cradles” would house the entire missile and the machines needed to fuel and fire it. Each silo had its own Launch and Control Center, which was likewise suspended. An Atlas F site could take an over pressure of 100 psi and lateral ground movement of 1 foot, and survive all but a direct nuclear hit.
Construction began on the site in Lewis NY, known as Boquett 556-5 in June 1960. Throughout the next year, hundreds of workers dug the 12,174-foot-deep, 54-foot-wide holes into the solid rock.
The first missile arrived in April 1962, and the silos were declared operational in December.
More to come...
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Questor screwed with this post 10-22-2007 at 04:52 AM
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