Sunday, May 23, 2010

Titan II Missile Site

After traveling across the windy dry desert of west Texas, I found myself in Tucson, AZ. I plan to see several things while there for a week. At the top of my list of things to do was the Titan II missile Museum located about 30 miles south of Tucson. They are part of the Airo-Space Museum next door to the Bone Yard.

One of the first things we did on tour was take a look into the silo.

Then we went 30 feet underground to the Control Room. All the instrumentation panels were of 1960s vintage

Our tour guide spent 20 years stationed here at this site. He had two of our group sit at the controls. He gave them the special keys to use to simulate a launch. The lady at the console that had the buttons to push for launch could not read what the buttons were for because she did not bring her glasses. But the guide told her to just push any of the buttons.

Well, when the tour guide told them to turn the keys together and for her to push the simulated launch button, she got confused and pushed the wrong button.

Sirens went off and Red Lights started flashing and the place started shaking.

In about 10 seconds . . . . . .


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