Titan Missile Museum, Sahuarita, Arizona

Yesterday Mary and I took the Bronco about 10 miles south of our current Moose Club RV parking location. We went to the Titan Missile Museum which is located about 20 miles south of Tucson, Arizona. The site is an actual former ICBM launch site. It is the only one that has survived to become a museum. After the Cold War ended all the other 53 silos were destroyed per the SALT Treaty.

Here’s The official museum website link…
http://www.titanmissilemuseum.org/

and here’s a Wikipedia informational link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titan_Missile_Museum

Here are a couple of Google Earth images. First a general site view…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

And then a closer view of the missile silo half-opened…

Under terrible photography conditions…harsh sunlight on a bright white light-colored structures and dimly lit interiors…we nonetheless ventured forth. Here are some of the photos that I took…

In the above photo all three underground components of the site can be seen. The middle is the access portal. On the left is the control center and crews quarters. On the right is the missile silo. The highest state of alert ever reached was on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. On that day the launch keys were taken out of the safe and set on the control console desktop. They were not inserted into the control panel. This complex was built for a one-time only launch. None were ever launched.

We spent two hours here…one hour of which was a guided tour. Another enjoyable day of full-time RVing.

In other news…

More than 12 hours late with today’s entry. A 2.5 hour Verizon Internet signal outage early this morning…then another full day out exploring…then an evening meal at Moose Lodge #1964…the friendliest Moose Club in the United States where we are currently parked…and finally a little time to post today’s Blog entry this evening.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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2 thoughts on “Titan Missile Museum, Sahuarita, Arizona

  1. Jan Schaeffer

    I’ve been following your blog for quite a few months now….and a few days ago found myself where you and Mary are, in and around Tucson. Yesterday you visited the Titan Missile Museum….but have you heard the Titan Valley Warheads? It’s a misnomer of a band title. They are not warlike. They are four guys who perform mostly classic country and bluegrass with tight vocal harmonies and driving instrumentals. You can find them every Sunday, 6 pm, at Li’l Abner’s on Silverbell, north and west of the main part of Tucson. If you go, please look for my friend Martha (Muffin) Ames and introduce yourselves.

    • ramblinmanjimj

      Hi Jan,
      Thanks for you comment. Unfortunately on Sunday we will be in Nogales by that time.

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