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40 Years ago today started the beginning of the Broken Arrow accident at Damascus AR involving the on-alert Titan II missile at site 4-7. I had pulled a few alerts at this site. The subject of the PBS film " Command and Control ".



One person was killed and 21 people were injured. I knew Dave and a lot of the people injured.The 9 MT warhead was blown out of the silo.


There is a 9 MT hydrogen bomb in this picture. See if you can find it.

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RIP, Sgt. David Livingston.

 

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My sons scout troop camped in an old Titan II silo near this site this last weekend and watched "Command and Control." It was pretty cool!
Which one ? I only had heard about the 3-9 site being renovated; is there another one ?
 

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Which one ? I only had heard about the 3-9 site being renovated; is there another one ?
It was 3-9. The owner told us over near Searcy there is another one that has just recently been excavated/opened but is not anywhere near ready for visitors/tours. The owner of 3-9 is making part of the crew quarters there into an "Air B&B" which will be available soon!

Another fun fact-the launch console, etc. on display at the Jacksonville Military Museum is the actual console from site 3-9!
 

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It was 3-9. The owner told us over near Searcy there is another one that has just recently been excavated/opened but is not anywhere near ready for visitors/tours. The owner of 3-9 is making part of the crew quarters there into an "Air B&B" which will be available soon!

Another fun fact-the launch console, etc. on display at the Jacksonville Military Museum is the actual console from site 3-9!
3-9 was my home site until I upgraded to the ACP @ 3-8. I spent a lot of hours slaving over the console.
 

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3-9 was my home site until I upgraded to the ACP @ 3-8. I spent a lot of hours slaving over the console.
WOW!!! Our scouts slept in Level 3-I slept in the decontamination room to get a 6000 pound door between me and the noise. Then I found out I was about where Livingston was when the Damascus explosion occurred....brought it home a little bit.

He also let us go out the escape tunnel-could not imagine Kennedy doing that in the dark!
 

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WOW!!! Our scouts slept in Level 3-I slept in the decontamination room to get a 6000 pound door between me and the noise. Then I found out I was about where Livingston was when the Damascus explosion occurred....brought it home a little bit.

He also let us go out the escape tunnel-could not imagine Kennedy doing that in the dark!
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Oh Hell, I would not even do that in daylight.


" Things " lived in that escape tunnel.
 

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Yeah, that's it. That road was the entrance to the site. People had been walking past it all morning not knowing what it was. Finally one guy walked by and basically said,

" Wait, WHAT ? "

It had been stripped of the RV as it went through the 750 ton concrete/steel door. Turns out it never would have yielded since the electronics were cleaned off and the firing capacitors would have never charged.

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Willie, how long can a liquid rocket stay "ready" before having to go off alert for service?

And how about soviet rockets, if you know?
 
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