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Kansas man selling 'doomsday' missile silo from nuclear age
KCTV5 ^ | 24 July 2012 | DeAnn Smith and Alice Barr

Posted on 07/25/2012 6:18:02 AM PDT by moonshot925

^^ Video is at the link


TOPICS: Conspiracy; History; Military/Veterans; Science
KEYWORDS: coldwar; missile; nuclear; preppers; shtf; silo; survival
This was an Atlas F missile silo of the 550th Strategic Missile Squadron.

Operational from April 1961 to June 1965.

The missile was stored vertically underground and sat atop an elevator. When the time came to launch, it would be lifted to to surface.

1 posted on 07/25/2012 6:18:11 AM PDT by moonshot925
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2 posted on 07/25/2012 6:26:24 AM PDT by moonshot925
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Interesting video. Check out the bats in your ‘man cave’!


3 posted on 07/25/2012 6:28:42 AM PDT by fellowgeek (To geek or not to geek.)
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bookmark


4 posted on 07/25/2012 6:47:09 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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Have to read for later....


5 posted on 07/25/2012 7:12:17 AM PDT by CORedneck
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Ooooo...I saw some politically incorrect graffiti! LOL!


6 posted on 07/25/2012 7:18:45 AM PDT by left that other site
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That's a hydrogen bomb at the top of that Atlas missile. It's pretty much a weaponized version of the bomb that was set off at Bikini Atoll on 1 March 1954. A picture of the "test article" can be found here (Wikipedia doesn't allow hot-linking).

The test was called "Castle Bravo" and the device was code-named "Shrimp."

7 posted on 07/25/2012 7:48:20 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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The 550th SMS has a really good Wiki and includes a map to all the sites. The seller is non-specific on which location he is offering so it was interesting to look at the map of all the possibilities. Two of the sites are in the same county where I own a farm I inherited so the pictures on the e-Bay listing seem pretty familiar.


8 posted on 07/25/2012 7:50:15 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Kartographer

Group buy on a bunker?

;-P


9 posted on 07/25/2012 7:51:37 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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What will 47 cents get me?

It’d be neat to own one but there’s no view and you have to worry that the bad guys might be using an old map showing your abode it still active.


10 posted on 07/25/2012 7:55:10 AM PDT by bgill
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Caller:"Komrade! Is 1972 war plan and launch code manual still good?"
'Peggy':"Da! Still good."

11 posted on 07/25/2012 8:35:07 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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I want one!


12 posted on 07/25/2012 9:14:59 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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Do a search on “earthscraper” or http://io9.com/5845777/the-earthscraper-a-65+story+tall-skyscraper-buried-underground/gallery/1

How about underground home - http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=underground+home&ei=UTF-8&fr=moz35


13 posted on 07/25/2012 10:07:14 AM PDT by Perseverando (Gun control? It's the OBOTS who are filling up prisons for violent crimes, not the Tea Party.)
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To: moonshot925

Got down into one of these southeast of Roswell back in about 1970. There were 12 surrounding Walker AFB in Roswell until the state went Republican in the 64 election and LBJ shut down the base.

There were system books still in the living quarters and I took one showing complete illustration of the huge spring suspension system supporting the missle and frame used to raise the missle to the surface.

They were salvaging one north east of Roswell when a fellow backed a D8 Cat into the silo with the doors open. His last ride on his Cat, 300’ down. It happened to be the silo where static electricity set one of the missles off inside the silo. Apparently there was a problem early on with static electricity and I got to look down into the silo where all the I beam structure was bent all to hell and burnt black.

The sheriff told me it was very creepy because there was no visible activity at the silos and about once a month in the middle of the night this highly polished and reflective missle would quietly rise out of the ground and a few minutes later it would quietly disappear back into the ground. At first he said they wondered if the cold war was getting ready to turn very hot but finally realized they were just checking out the systems. His little home town was using the silo’s water well to its water supply.


14 posted on 07/25/2012 10:10:14 PM PDT by biff (WAS)
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the state went Republican in the 64 election

oops

15 posted on 07/26/2012 12:48:53 AM PDT by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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Ole hooligan LBJ warned the state that he would close that base if they went R and by god that is what he did. Devastated the local economy. Walker AFB was a SAC base at the time with B47’s and B52’s.


16 posted on 07/26/2012 12:50:04 PM PDT by biff (WAS)
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To: biff
Except for one thing...


They voted for Johnson by a huge margin.

17 posted on 07/26/2012 2:04:51 PM PDT by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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To: biff; MARTIAL MONK

The Atlas ICBMs were all retired by the end of 1965 because they were obsolete. It didn’t have anything to do with which party was in control.

The Atlas took 10-15 minutes to launch and was liquid fueled, which made it very dangerous.

The new Minuteman missiles could be launched in less than a minute and were solid fueled, which made them safer and require less maintenance.

The Minuteman was also much more accurate than the Atlas.


18 posted on 07/26/2012 7:05:42 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: MARTIAL MONK

Oh boy, so much for all these decades of trust and not verifying.


19 posted on 07/26/2012 9:18:16 PM PDT by biff (WAS)
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To: moonshot925

Righto on the fuel. If you read my post you would see that they had a severe problem with static electricity during fueling and these things blowing up in the silo, was a consideration on its retirement.

The point of the base closing was there was no need for the missles once the SAC base closed. Had a flight instructor that was stationed there at one time as a B47 pilot.

The town was about 35,000 population or so and the closing took it to its knees for years. The salvation was when Pan Am and boeing needed a big, big runway for pre certification of the 747 and they picked Roswell because of the 12 or 13,000 ft. runway with high speed turn offs. I will never forget first seeing that thing in the air, it was so big it barely looked like it could stay in the air.

They used our little airport as an alternate in case of in flight emergencies but alas, never happened.

Anyway, the silos were neat and were kinda creepy to get down into and I have never been anyplace darker. Dark, dark, dark.


20 posted on 07/26/2012 9:29:26 PM PDT by biff (WAS)
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The Atlas F silos are 174 feet deep and 54 feet in diameter.

It would be possible to turn one into a 17 storey underground building.


21 posted on 07/26/2012 10:47:27 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925; Las Vegas Ron; Red Steel; Candor7; LucyT; Idabilly; onyx; TheOldLady

NON_SEQUITUR- HE’S BACK... AGAIN!


22 posted on 07/29/2012 6:32:42 PM PDT by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
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Ping to 22.

Yup.


23 posted on 07/29/2012 6:46:55 PM PDT by Red Steel
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Thanks for the ping, I think.

Interesting thread, despite the mewling of a particular thinks-they-know-it-all military “expert” who shall remain unnamed.


24 posted on 07/29/2012 6:55:50 PM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: mojitojoe; moonshot925; Red Steel; Las Vegas Ron; Candor7; Idabilly; onyx; TheOldLady; ...
NON_SEQUITUR- HE’S BACK... AGAIN!

What's the difference between NON_SEQUITUR and Love?

NON_SEQUITUR lasts forever.

25 posted on 07/29/2012 10:01:05 PM PDT by LucyT (~ Countdown: Ninety-Nine days until November 6. ~)
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To: LucyT; mojitojoe; moonshot925

For crying out loud. It’s like an std - can’t get rid of it.


26 posted on 07/30/2012 10:19:32 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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