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Old 10-22-2007, 06:39 AM   #16
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Love it! When I lived in AZ I used to explore all the old Titan II silos. Keep it coming!
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Old 10-22-2007, 06:44 AM   #17
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So after a cup of tea, we go back out into the main stairwell, and decend to the next level down.
This is the second of the to hangng disks that make up the floors of this LCC.

As you enter you again see the large central piliar.


As you look up, you see that the floor upstairs does not touch the walls or the pillar. It is free hanging!
Here's the base of the pillar and again a free riding floor.



From this angle, you can look up and see the "Escape Hatch" on the ceiling of the first level.



The decor was apt.
Behind this coffee table was the main launch computer terminal.
Two men would turn their keys at the same time, push a button, and 50 feet away, in a silo next door a rocket would come to life.



Next, let's go check out the silo!
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Old 10-22-2007, 06:59 AM   #18
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I love the "space bag" on the shelf.


It's ironic how an age when we were under constant threat of nuclear obliteration can seem so wholesome now.
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Old 10-22-2007, 07:03 AM   #19
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We left Level 2 and went back into the main stairwell.
So far this place has been a dream come true. It's everything I imagined and so much more. It's hard to beleive it's real. This is NOT a Disney Ride, this is not a model or a museum recreation. This is the REAL deal. One of the most devastating threats the world has ever known, used to live here. A "living breathing" rocket, with a nuclear payload, was housed here.
I had to continue...

So we go downstairs another level, pull open another blast door, and enter the 40 foot long tunnel that connected the LCC with the Missile Silo itself.





Through the second blast door. You know, the one that prevents the burning rocket exhaust from entering the LCC and killing everyone upon launch.



As we enter the main Silo, we are warned to be very careful. The rusty metal grates that make up the floor are weak, and may break, so stay on the beams, and don't lean too far over the edge... there's no guardrail.



It's HUGE. We're only on level 3. There are 5 more levels below us.
The space is bigger than I could have imagined. The flash on my camera would not illuminate the far wall when I tried to take pictures.

Some light was comming in from the roof by the open Silo Doors at the surface.



In the faint light one could see the metal "skyscraper" that cradled the rocket, and housed all the air conditioning, and fueling equipment.


It had it's own freight elevator.


In this picture, you can see the huge springs that made up part of the stabilizer system. Remember this 7 story tall metal structure, that holds the rocket and launch equimpent, is suspended and isolated from the surrounding concrete silo.



Want to climb down a level?



Me too!

We were told to watch our step, stay towards the center of stairs, don't depend on the handrail, and try not to touch anything.


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Old 10-22-2007, 07:21 AM   #20
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Old 10-22-2007, 07:22 AM   #21
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So we decended...

In the picture below, in the left side of the frame, you will see a spiral staircase. That's the one we used. It was right on the edge of the metal structure, 150+ feet above a huge dark pit. This was not the time to have a fear of heights.



So we carefully climb down the stairs.



Being careful of the edge.





There were the old computers still there.



As well as the asbestos insulation.




Remember that this whole "inner building" is suspended. Here's the gap between the suspended metal building and the concrete silo.



After another cup of tea, and a couple more hours of conversation we realise we don't know how long we have been down here, it's time to get topside again.

The ride home was an Mini adventure as well - we came upon a car that had recently flipped over on the side of a particularly tasty section of twisties, and I later ran out of gas at 6:30 at night in a remote area.

But at this point I would like to thank the owner of the site and a most gracious host, Alexander Michael. His 10 year restoration of this site is obviously a labour of love. He has done most of the work himself, since he is an architect and wants things to be done perfectly.
It's a unique residence, that is also a museum.

Thanks Alexander.

If you would like more information please visit his site:

http://www.siloboy.com

I would also recomend this following links for more information:

http://www.atlasmissilesilo.com/atlas_f.htm
http://www.556sms.com/atlas.htm

Thanks.
I hope you enjoyed it.
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Also, Markbvt, if you get a chance to post some of your photos, that would be great. I found it to be a very difficult place to take pictures of.
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Old 10-22-2007, 07:33 AM   #22
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Great stuff, Questor!
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Old 10-22-2007, 07:40 AM   #23
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Wow! Cool man!!!
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Old 10-22-2007, 08:00 AM   #24
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Well done Questor
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Old 10-22-2007, 09:29 AM   #25
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Holy crap, do I have a lot of catch-up to do... I was going to intersperse my photos with Questor's, but I had to spend the morning processing them first. I won't have time to post them all now, but I'll get started on my version of the report. The rest will follow later in the afternoon/tonight.

I met up with Questor at 9am and we headed south, crossing the bridge over Lake Champlain at Chimney Point.

This is Crown Point, on the New York side of the bridge.


From there we rode northwest, including some really nice twisties. We had to stop off just before the twisty road to take some pictures.




Continuing north, we found the Boquet 556 site without incident. This is the access road; note the gate at the far end (this pic was taken from the silo grounds).


Just outside the site's main gate.



More later...

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Old 10-22-2007, 09:44 AM   #26
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Questor, great thread! I ride by this one all the time....

http://www.silohome.com/

Has a nice house, runway....

There are a few more nearby.
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Old 10-22-2007, 09:53 AM   #27
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Questor, great thread! I ride by this one all the time....

http://www.silohome.com/

Has a nice house, runway....

There are a few more nearby.
Hello ADKbeemer.
I saw their website.

Personanly I like the "original" 1960's decor better.
Although, I'd love to have either.

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Old 10-22-2007, 10:08 AM   #28
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Thanks for the photos. I had never seen inside one of those missle silos.My dad worked for Boeings for many years. Back about 1962-63 we were transfered to Great Falls Montana and he worked that area buiding the silos.We were then transferred to Rapid City South Dakota, Parshall Norh Dakota, and Warrensburg Missouri in that order, staying at each location about six months while he worked on the silos.I, of course, being in 3rd and 4th grades hated leaving Washington State , and then having to change schools every six months.Coming from the Pacific Norh West, I found spending a winter in Great Falls pretty rough.30 degrees below zero, blizzards that piled snow drifts over the top of your house etc.Did get to see lots of the country all over these states, as we went on road trips almost every weekend.
Made a big mistake in Warrensburg Missouri;when asked if I was from the north or the south, I said I was from the Seattle, Wa. area, so I guess I was from the north.Next thing I knew, I was on the ground being beat on by a group of kids that apparently though the Civil War was still running.Ah well, I survived and have lots of memories from those times.

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Old 10-22-2007, 10:21 AM   #29
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Cool thread!

Does that Gammagoat still run?

We never could keep the damn things in service.
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Old 10-22-2007, 11:07 AM   #30
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Cool, thanks for sharing.
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