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Old 10-21-2008, 08:50 AM   #31
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I'd love to see that place sometime.That a new strom?(best color )
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:01 AM   #32
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Wow.

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Old 10-21-2008, 09:11 AM   #33
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That a new strom?(best color )
Yes, it's an '08. Picked it up in April. Turned over 11,500 miles on Saturday. Good bike.

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Old 10-21-2008, 09:48 AM   #34
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Old 10-21-2008, 01:53 PM   #35
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Tent hotel and party pics.

Hello all.

As Mark said, the party was a great success.

I doubt many of Alex's friends had ever camped before, and the whole concept was scarry to them, especially when they saw the "Tent Hotel".

Personally, I found it quite luxurious. It even had heat and lights.












Alex, our host and silo owner, and B-day person explinaing how they were going to be eating out of Army mess kits, and doing their own dishes.
But the meal itself was catered.



The friends and guests...


Eating the great food...


and the results of too much wine...


After a great evening, with cool people, and a fireworks show seen from inside the silo on Level 2...

we walked across a moonlit frozen lawn to the "Tent Hotel".
I found it more than adequate.


Mark seems happy too...




We all slept soundly.



Lots of fun.

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Old 10-21-2008, 02:07 PM   #36
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The next morning...

When we crawled out of bed, we were surprised how cold it had gotten the night before, and how warm we had been inside the big heated tent.

"Beastie" however, had been left out in the cold, without a blanket.








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Old 10-21-2008, 02:10 PM   #37
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bummed....

So sad I had to miss this event. I really wanted to be there and after seeing the pics I KNOW I missed a good time. Thanks for the shots and hope to hook up with y'all soon.
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Old 10-27-2008, 10:13 AM   #38
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Saturday I had the opportunity to visit one of the other Atlas-F silos of the group of 12 around Plattsburgh Air Force Base. At Alex's birthday dinner last week, I was sitting next to Fitz, the owner of the 556-1 silo (the Champlain, NY, site). During our conversation, Fitz invited me to see his silo, so my friend John and I rode up on Saturday to check it out.

I didn't take any pictures of the surface because it was raining, so we begin with the entryway to the LCC. Fitz has wooden ramps in place for hauling stuff out, but they make the climb down a little tricky. The rope is for assistance.



Proceeding down the tunnel at the bottom of the stairs, you round a corner and come to the first blast door.


Caution sign just outside the blast door:


Next you pass through the entrapment vestibule and then the second blast door, which brings you to the top of the LCC stairwell.


Entry to Level 1 of the LCC:


Looking back up at the blast door from the Level 1 doorway:


Here are Fitz (left) and John:


Level 1 of the LCC. Fitz was not as lucky as Alex -- this site flooded nearly to the top of the LCC, while Alex's flooded only to the bottom of the LCC. As a result, Alex had a lot of original equipment and fixtures he was able to retain; everything in Fitz's LCC was waterlogged, so he had to get rid of it.




Looking up the escape hatch:


LCC Level 2.




At least the double-locked box that held the launch codes is still there.


I nearly scraped my scalp on this.


Rusty ductwork on the ceiling.


John examining the structure.


From the LCC we proceeded down the tunnel to the silo. On the way, I found this encrusted lightbulb.


Interestingly, while Fitz's LCC is in much worse condition than Alex's, his silo is in somewhat better condition. The doors are closed, and Level 1 was never cut out and removed like it was in Alex's silo. Salvagers removed all of the equipment, some of which is still in place in Alex's silo, but they left the structure of the crib much more intact.

View from Level 2 near the tunnel to the LCC.


Looking up at the silo doors.


Among the structural pieces left intact were a number of these missile service platforms that would fold down against the missile to allow personnel close access.




Proceeding down the silo. I think this was on Level 3.




This light and the conduit it was attached to became detached from the ceiling at some point and ended up dangling just above the floor.


Looking down into the silo.


About to head down to the next level.


Double doors entering an enclosed area on Level 5, which I believe housed one of the diesel generators.


This lightbulb was intact, but had water in the bottom.


Fitz has a kayak in the bottom of the silo, but hasn't gotten around to using it yet.


Fitz's silo is flooded to about halfway between Level 6 and Level 7. From Level 7, it's 45 feet down to the bottom of Level 8, and another 30 feet or so from there to the bottom of the concrete silo. So there's a good 80 or 85 feet of water down there -- meaning that only about 2/3 of the silo is visible. It would be fascinating to see it completely pumped out, but neither Fitz nor Alex have been able to do that.

Many thanks to Fitz for showing John and me around!

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Old 10-27-2008, 10:27 AM   #39
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And Sunday, Alex had an open house at his silo, so I went over to help out. While I was there, I had to take a few more pics, of course.

The equipment racks on Level 3 feature some pretty amazing wiring. Not a green circuit board in sight -- it's all point-to-point wiring. Very, very neat wiring, too! Imagine if you could get the person who did this to hook up your stereo for you -- no more spaghetti-like mass of wires going every which way!


Behind those equipment racks, though, is quite a mess.


This is the area on Level 6 around where the collimator is located (part of the missile guidance system) -- there's a tube that runs up to the surface at an angle, pointing at the North Star, and Alex is using this to run his pump hose down into the silo.



Since I was there last spring, the water level has risen up to a few feet below Level 7. It shows a nice reflection of the top of the silo.


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Old 10-27-2008, 04:52 PM   #40
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WOW!

Nice pics Mark.

Poor Fitz has a lot of work to do, but it's nice to see that there is more of the structure to be restored. But wow, what a lot of work there is to be done.


Thanks for the update.
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Old 10-27-2008, 05:45 PM   #41
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So what are these guys going to do with these silos? I would imagine it would cost zillions to restore them.

Facinating. And eery.


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Old 10-28-2008, 07:17 PM   #42
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Eek More pictures

I wish I could of stayed for Alex's party....looks like it was really fun.

I was at his site the Wednesday before the party and took a few pictures myself. I'm just starting to post his site and others to my website. Check out the panoramic pictures - gives a unique perspective on what the sites look like.

I did the round robin tour of all 12 sites and the air force base. Managed to take about 1,600 pictures in all.

Also, visits Fitz's site here for more pictures of his fixer upper.

Cheers,
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Old 10-28-2008, 10:36 PM   #43
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Wow. Nice. Wish I knew, I have a slight obsession with all things nuclear.

The only silo I've come across on the web for NY is a fully finished version with airstrip and cabin for about 1.3 million. Nice specimen.

Anyone want to set up a pilgrimage ride to the trinity site next april or october? That would be a good one.
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Old 10-29-2008, 05:43 AM   #44
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Old 11-14-2008, 09:31 AM   #45
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Awesome, ive had a BBQ in some strange places but that beats everything
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