Southern Arizona, especially south of Tucson in the Green Valley area has lots of interesting sites begging to be investigated. We felt that one we should check out is the National Historic Landmark site of the only remaining intact Titan II Missile Silo. There were 18 in the Wichita, KS area, 18 in the Little Rock, AR area and 18 in the Tucson area. The US built these silos in the early stages of the Cold War to keep the peace by a show of force. They building started in the Tucson area in 1961.
|The 18 Titan II Missile sites around Tucson, AZ|
|Photo of a photo of the Titan Missile in the silo.|
|Photo of the missile site|
|Display of the warhead that would carry the nuclear bomb|
The Museum Director who led our tour was a former officer at the site. She gave lots of info on what went on during a work shift. She also called on Ron to sit in the Commanders seat and demonstrate launching the missile.
|Don't turn the key until the end of the countdown|
|Holding the key for five seconds|
After climbing those 55 steps back out there was a question and answer time with the director, then we walked around the outside displays.
|Stage One Rocket|
|Stage Two Rocket|