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Old 10-22-2007, 12:11 PM   #31
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Cool thread!

Does that Gammagoat still run?

We never could keep the damn things in service.
Yes, apparently the Gamagoat still runs.
It gets terrible diesel mileage and you need earplugs when driving it.

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Old 10-22-2007, 01:14 PM   #32
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Continuing from my previous post...

We had parked our bikes inside the main complex, in front of one of the two original Quonset huts.


The massive silo doors are open, and a roof was constructed over the silo. The owner, Alex, was explaining how when the second door was being opened by a crane, the cable snapped and the door slammed shut. The damage is evident in this pic (the other side of the door is even worse). Note the massive rebar reinforcing the concrete.


From there we walked over to the Quonset hut, which Alex and his caretaker, Dennis, have begun lining with new siding. Dennis has turned it into his workshop. (Alex lives in Australia and is only here a couple times a year for three weeks each; Dennis maintains the place for him while he's gone.)


Heading back towards the silo and the entryway to the Launch Control Center.


The entryway.


We proceeded down the stairs; here's the view back up...


To be continued...

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Old 10-22-2007, 01:31 PM   #33
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Hey Mark.

As I expected, your pictures are better than mine.
I can't wait to see your shots of the Missile Silo.
My small camera could not handle the low light.

It was a unusual place indeed...
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Old 10-22-2007, 01:31 PM   #34
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At the bottom of the stairs, you walk down a short corridor and around a corner,,, and then you see this:


This blast door opens to reveal another.


The cubicle in between these massive doors is called the Entrapment Vestibule. Think of it as an airlock... or a place to trap unwanted visitors until they starve to death.

Passing through the Entrapment Vestibule brought us to the LCC's main staircase.


And going through the upper door in that pic brought us into the upper level of the LCC.


Questor has already explained the details in his report, so I won't repeat them. But let me just say that this place is the coolest home I've ever seen.

Don't pull this handle!


As Questor explained, the LCC is a big concrete cylinder with everything inside it suspended from the ceiling. The height can be adjusted by means of pneumatic rams like this one. It still works, but Alex doesn't have an air compressor powerful enough to lift the LCC interior off the floor (140psi doesn't cut it).


The lower level of the LCC still contains many old fixtures, including the launch console (sadly, someone stole the red launch button).




The massive central column.


A touch of authenticity.


There were a number of funky old lightbulbs down here.


From the lower level of the LCC, we continued down the stairs to the tunnel leading to the silo itself.


To be continued...
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Old 10-22-2007, 01:34 PM   #35
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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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Back at ya....

Completely agree on the look. The retro cold war interior is certainly more appropriate. Fun to see how someone with the will power (and lots and lots of $$$$ ) can create something really special with this little bit of "recent" history. I don't want to even venture how much the silo portion would cost to rehab, or even if it would be possible.

Was the silo flooded prior to his aquisition? (all the rust has me wondering....)

Keep the pics coming...very cool.
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Old 10-22-2007, 01:35 PM   #36
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The Titan Missle silo near Green Valley, AZ is also very well preserved and open to the public.

http://www.titanmissilemuseum.org/

It looks very similar to this one.

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Old 10-22-2007, 01:57 PM   #37
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Other Missile Silo Movies

Hello All.

I've been trying to think of all the movies that I have seen that have something to do with Nuclear war and or Underground Shelters.

Alex has invied us over for a Science Fiction Movie Marathon at the Silo some evening....

So far I have:
Dr. Strangelove (of course)
Red Dawn
FireFox
K-19 Widowmaker
The Day After
A Boy and his Dog

Can the ADV collective come up with any others?
Thanks in Advance.

Also, does anyone have any leads on a Atlas Missile?
Might be nice to have around the base.
You know, to cheer things up a bit.
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Old 10-22-2007, 02:00 PM   #38
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Hello All.

I've been trying to think of all the movies that I have seen that have something to do with Nuclear war and or Underground Shelters.

Alex has invied us over for a Science Fiction Movie Marathon at the Silo some evening....

So far I have:
Dr. Strangelove (of course)
Red Dawn
FireFox
K-19 Widowmaker
The Day After
A Boy and his Dog

Can the ADV collective come up with any others?
Thanks in Advance.

Also, does anyone have any leads on a Atlas Missile?
Might be nice to have around the base.
You know, to cheer things up a bit.
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I had that same spooky "power of G_d feeling when I toured the nuke boat USS Maine. Looking at that forest of missile silos was humbling.
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Old 10-22-2007, 02:03 PM   #39
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When we entered the silo, my jaw fell off my face and clattered across the floor. After retrieving it, I began looking around.

The tunnel enters the silo on Level 2. Originally there was a level above this, but it was salvaged years ago. Look closely in the pics and you can see where it was simply cut off the top of Level 2.

Looking up from Level 2 at the main doors.



Walls and fixtures. Note the color change on the wall -- this was the water level before it was pumped out.



In the midst of decay, we found life.


The view down into the depths of the silo.



The massive springs that suspend the entire structure inside the concrete cylinder.



We walked down the spiral staircase seen in Questor's photos to Level 3, where there were lots of old equipment cabinets (no idea whether the computer electronics/etc were still inside -- it was really dark down there).




Some random debris. Most everything down there was covered with a thick coat of rust from being underwater for years. Questor remarked that it was like walking through the Titanic. He's not wrong.


I would have loved to explore further down, but it wasn't in the cards this time around. But we're going to try to arrange a future visit, in which I'll bring protective clothing, a respirator, and my SureFire flashlight and see how far down I can go. Alex was saying he's been down as far as Level 7. I'm not sure which level is flooded at this point -- there is still a good deal of water in the bottom of the silo, which can't be pumped out because there's too much debris for the pump hose to be able to go down any further.

This site was without question the coolest I've ever seen. It has it all: history, danger, wreckage, decay, yet in the midst of it there's an amazing home and a strong effort at preservation. I applaud Alex wholeheartedly, I'm jealous as hell of him (if I had a place like this I could remain permanently entertained without ever having to leave -- exploring the silo alone would keep me occupied for god knows how long, not to mention slowly but surely stabilizing and preserving it), and I thank him for allowing Questor and me into his world. And thanks to Questor for arranging it!

On the way back, we came upon a Honda Civic SI overturned on the side of a twisty road -- classic example of kid with hot car but lacking the driving skills to match. Thankfully no one was hurt.

We'd almost made it back to the bridge to Vermont when I looked in my mirror and realised that Questor had disappeared. I pulled over and waited for a couple minutes, a few cars went by, and I started wondering what happened, so I backtracked a mile or so and there he was in the side of the road, tank empty. BMW builds great engines, but their gas gauges apparently could use some improvement. Luckily the people who lived in the house whose driveway we were parked in had a gas can, so we were able to get on our way again. But first I had to get this shot of the waning of an amazing day.


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Old 10-22-2007, 02:06 PM   #40
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Your friend from down under will like this one....

On the Beach...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053137/

I'm in for the silo film fest....
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Old 10-22-2007, 02:08 PM   #41
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Cool pics but for the life of me, cant seem to think where Ive seen that stuff before...
Hmmmm





only kidding, your pics are great
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Old 10-22-2007, 05:18 PM   #42
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Your friend from down under will like this one....

On the Beach...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053137/

I'm in for the silo film fest....
On the beach, definitely I agree.

I saw it on the "big screen" when I was a kid.
I'm still traumatized...

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Old 10-22-2007, 05:59 PM   #43
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How about "Threads"?
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090163/

Has anyone seen it?
I have not.
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Old 10-22-2007, 06:24 PM   #44
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"Threads" is a good movie but even bleaker than the others. It's set in Britain and follows a couple generations of people after a nuclear war.

I'd actually like to see it again (haven't seen it in about 20 years), but I hear it's very hard to find on DVD.

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Old 10-22-2007, 09:33 PM   #45
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So far I have:
Dr. Strangelove (of course)
Red Dawn
FireFox
K-19 Widowmaker
The Day After
A Boy and his Dog

Can the ADV collective come up with any others?
Thanks in Advance.
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--but the book is a helluva lot better than the movie.

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