A Shoutout To My Peeps

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  1. willie_pete

    willie_pete NRA Life Member

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    at the Titan Missile Museum in AZ. They are back open for tours and overnight stays on 1 November.

    Stop by if you are ever in the area.

    If you are a Trekkie; some scenes for " Star Trek: First Contact " were filmed there.

    The long walk in the video is where the crew held " turtle races "

    :D



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    just a curiosity, but what are these (looks like an air cylinder or dampener) and what are they for?

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    Ross-in-Pa Western Pa

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    The peeps say "Hi, Mr Willie Pete"
     
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    willie_pete NRA Life Member

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    Shock absorbers; the whole place was built around shock absorbers and flexible pipe joints so things bounced around with a near miss ( or a near hit depending if you were a pessimist or an optimist ) without doing a lot of damage.

    You can see cable trays with slack and the flex joint in the tunnel itself at :49 to :50 in the video.

    Missile

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    Control room

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    That was the only thing you were curious about ?

    I thought sure the " turtle races " would generate some curiosity.

    :(
     
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    Thanks! Those guys thought of everything...
     
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    I plan on doing some southern az exploring this winter. I will put it on my list.
     
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    Where are the fresh underpants dispensers? If that thing get hit hard enough to move anywhere near the displacement of those springs there is going to be some messy britches.
     
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    Overnight stays?
     
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    willie_pete NRA Life Member

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    South of Tucson just off the expressway in Green Valley, AZ.
     
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    willie_pete NRA Life Member

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    Yes, you can stay in their luxurious accommodations.

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    Room for four people or 8 good friends.
     
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    Dynactus The wind serenades a purified man.

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    OK, OK, OK. I admit it. I want to know about the turtle races.
     
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    Two of the crew had to go out to do a verification walk-about at the changeover sleep shift at 8PM. We had to wear hard hats past the blast doors. The two crew out doing the walkabout would bet on who would do some menial, mind numbing task such as driving back to the base, washing dishes, polishing the floor, etc. and fling their hard hats down the long cableway.

    The one to land their hat closest to the agreed on mark with the hat bottom end down won the race and the other had to preform the previous agreed on task.


    Missile duty was hours and hours of boredom punctuated by moments of stark terror.

    :D

    Sometimes they didn't do races, like the time my two enlisted guys were going at at 8:00, broke the seal on the blast door and smoke started rolling into the control center.

    One of those " stark terror " moments. A fire underground was bad juju.

    One like that killed 53 people at one of the sites; actually my home site for a while.

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    Always wanted to go for the tour, the overnight stay would be cool but it's pricey. I will definitely be going to visit there soon.

    Been down inside one that was closed and abandoned, it'll be cool to see how it compares to this one.
     
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    MB-G26 Ornery & Irreverent Lifetime Member

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    Mister White Phosphorus - I'm a bit too far north of Tucson to hobble to the car and zip right down now while you're there - but I'm glad you are enjoying it! :D
     
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    I'm not there now; they have been closed for the WuFlu. I've been there three times now. I had to visit Honeywell in Tucson a few times to accept a DCS control system they were building for us. I would always make a side trip down there. When they found out I was a former crew member, they would let me give part of the tour.

    I traded an old uniform to them for some t-shirts and other loot.

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    It should still be there if the moths haven't eaten it yet.

    :rolleyes:
     
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    willie_pete NRA Life Member

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    Someone bought an old site in Little Rock; actually 3-9 was my home site for a while. He is converting it into a bed and breakfast. He has a youtube channel below where he posts videos of hi trials and tribulations and progress.

    He calls it " Death Wears Bunny Slippers " ( he stole that from us :D ).

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    Here is one of his first tribulations.


    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCPmuA1v8qQ
     
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    I don't know what this stuff was for, but I've got a few electronic boards from it...
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    First picture was the second floor of the control center. Compare pictures.

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    Second picture was behind the equipment racks, also on the second level. Front view here under the " Local " clock. It was called the CMG - control monitor group and monitored the launch sequence.


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    Very cool. Are these your pictures? Where is this site?
     
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