Cross posted at http://airpogue.blogspot.com/
Having grown up and served during the cold war prior to the present unpleasantness, artifacts of that era hold something of a fascination to me. Since Her Accuracy also seems to have quite the interest as well, over the years we’ve managed several trips, some of which (like the Trinity test site) are not particularly easy to get to. One of the common frustrations I have is that very few places let you inside an exhibit – I’d love to explore a B-36, for example, but the places that have one restored to near operational status are understandably hesitant to let the unwashed masses rummage through their irreplaceable exhibits.
This weekend we visited the Titan Missile Museum just south of Tucson which is the exception to that rule. Complex 571-7 in Green Valley, Arizona was operational from 1963 till the Titan II was decommissioned in 1987. One of 54 site around Tuscon, Little Rock and Wichita, someone had the amazing foresight so suggest saving a silo complex for posterity. Bless them, whoever they are!
I vaguely remember when she was commissioned on the one TV station we got in Malta, MT fifty one years ago…….I was seven years old.
My sister has better stuff today than I do.
Suzann Rainone mugged me while Fire Surfing last weekend.
A stark contrast to say the least. As a Retired First Class who spent most of his career during the Cold War this is a good one.
The contrast will rear up and smack you in the mouth, metaphorically speaking, that is.
It has a link to the entire photo essay in Der Speigel. It is worth the look.