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Old 11-27-2007, 03:25 PM   #61
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And of course, all Military Bases need some cool vehicles.





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Awesome pics Q, those were the days.

BTW, that ugly POS was called a Gamma Goat, and was one of the biggest PIA's to keep on the road that was ever fielded. I had 10 of those things, and thought that they would be the death of me and my troops. Six wheel drive with the front and rear wheels articulating as well as the linkage in the center. There was also a truss kit so you could run with one or more wheels missing/flat. It even swims, but not very well, and would make a fairly neat adventure vehicle for someone with entirely too much money and time on their hands
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Old 11-28-2007, 05:18 AM   #62
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I cant see the pics because of office firewall but i read the whole report.
It would have been pretty neat visiting a missile silo especially when you can ride your bike to it.
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Old 11-28-2007, 05:47 AM   #63
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When I was a kid in Chico we used to go to the silos near the airport and fuck around.
I was a whole different world down there. The paint was perfect, looked like people just got up and left everything behind.
The echo was amazing when lots of firecrackers were lit.
Dark as hell with no flashlight though.
This was in the early 80's, probably all blocked off now.
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Old 11-28-2007, 07:35 PM   #64
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I think at this point many of the missile complexes are private property. Most of the ones surrounding Plattsburgh AFB are. Some people buy the property solely for what's on the surface; others build homes out of the LCC. I haven't seen any yet, though, in which the silo itself has been used for much of anything.

Good god, I wish I were rich. Owning a silo would be too damn cool -- pretty much the perfect home for me. My mother thinks I'm nuts.

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Old 11-29-2007, 05:12 PM   #65
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I think at this point many of the missile complexes are private property. Most of the ones surrounding Plattsburgh AFB are. Some people buy the property solely for what's on the surface; others build homes out of the LCC. I haven't seen any yet, though, in which the silo itself has been used for much of anything.

Good god, I wish I were rich. Owning a silo would be too damn cool -- pretty much the perfect home for me. My mother thinks I'm nuts.

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Cool. The NORAD base reminds me of the Nike site I used to explore.
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Old 11-29-2007, 05:32 PM   #66
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Oh, great report Questor, what a cool place in vermont to ride to. I want to go there and see for myself. OH yeah I almost forgot, with Rate voting in ...........3.....2.....1........
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Old 12-29-2007, 03:37 PM   #67
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Old 12-29-2007, 04:46 PM   #68
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Altus AFB, OK was ringed by 12 or 13 silo's for the Atlas. One missle blew up in one silo and blew the bast doors up and they sat open for years. I remember when they were building them, you could drive up to them and they would walk you over and let you look down into the silo. I remember seeing a bulldozer in the bottom. When they brought the missles to the site, they would come by the school in Blair and stop. They would take all the kids outside and let them look at it.

They are all full of water now, but I think there is one near Abilene Tx that is a private residence as well that has tours.

Another story that went around for years was that when a seafood resturant went in about 1 1/2 miles from the silo north of Altus that it was Russians that put it in. Do not know how tht rumor got started, but there was no reason to put it there--closest town 6 miles. Another twist to this missle story is tht in the early 70's a article came out in the Daily Oklahoman-the states largest newspaper- that the plot to kill Kennedy was made at that seafood resturant north of Altus during a meeting between Oswald, Rudy and others. I used to have that article . Anyway my 2 cents worth.
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Old 11-14-2008, 09:07 AM   #69
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Great report so gets a bump from me
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Old 12-24-2008, 05:54 AM   #70
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Atlas F - Time share...

If anyone is interested in owning a "share" of this Atlas F misisle silo, my friend Alex is taking offers.

http://www.siloboy.com/site/Pages/mySiloUpdate.html

If anyone needs a caretaker for the silo...
I'd love to buy in, but I've spent all my money on motorcycles.

Let me know...
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Old 12-24-2008, 06:17 PM   #71
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How did I miss all this? Ahhh Gamma Goats... You should see what happens when they get air dropped. 3 cyl Detroit as I recall. Silo's neat! I've seen an old Nike site near Peekskill. Might make a great tour as I believe there were Nike sites in several places in NY.
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Old 12-24-2008, 08:44 PM   #72
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Cool report Questor. Thanks for the bump, else I never would have seen this. Until last fall I lived about five miles from that Lewis site. I knew one of his previous caretakers and received a very brief tour of the above ground facilities. The silo was open and flooded at that time. It's really cool what that gentleman has put into the site, time, effort, $$. The ultimate would be functioning silo hatch and dummy missile.

I toured an abandoned big gun emplacement off the eastern tip of Plum Island. Used to hold a mobile, 16" sissor gun during WWII for coastal defense. That site was incredible too. Would have been better if the gun was still there.

For those that aspire to own one of these sites, you want to be real careful of what was deposited down those open silos over the years before being "secured". Stories abound in the North Country about all sorts of stuff being thrown into those pits. Unfortunate, but probably a grain of truth in the tales.
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Old 12-25-2008, 04:59 AM   #73
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Awesome pics Q, those were the days.

BTW, that ugly POS was called a Gamma Goat, and was one of the biggest PIA's to keep on the road that was ever fielded. I had 10 of those things, and thought that they would be the death of me and my troops. Six wheel drive with the front and rear wheels articulating as well as the linkage in the center. There was also a truss kit so you could run with one or more wheels missing/flat. It even swims, but not very well, and would make a fairly neat adventure vehicle for someone with entirely too much money and time on their hands
I wondered how those things performed, they sure weren't around long...
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Old 12-25-2008, 07:33 AM   #74
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For those of you new to this thread, check out the "Revisited" thread linked in my sig below.

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Old 01-07-2009, 11:11 AM   #75
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Several Missle silos near Clyde Texas also. One was fairly close to one of the roads but the Silo was closed.
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