This Other Day In History

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  1. willie_pete

    willie_pete NRA Life Member

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    This day in history, September 18, 1980, an 8-pound socket was dropped by a Propellant Transfer Systems (PTS) worker in a Titan II silo in Damascus, Arkansas. It caused a massive fuel tank leak which later led to an explosion that killed one man, Senior Airman David Livingston, and injured 21 others.

    https://encyclopediaofarkansas.net/...I976V2ypQtVDyBmIMNB2uguiQ6NFGqONeMLeDK97Uw1fQ


    I had pulled alerts at this site before.


    Before they looked like this.

    damascus2.jpg


    After


    damascus_1.jpg


    damascusgirl.jpg

    damascus_10.jpg


    RIP, Sgt. Livingston

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    BTW, there is a 9 MT hydrogen bomb in the second picture.
     
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    I know where it is. ;)

    If anyone hasn't, they should watch the movie. :(
     
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    willie_pete NRA Life Member

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    How, pray tell, do you know Damascus ?

    I don't remember you ever coming to visit me on alert.

    EDIT: I thought you were talking about Damascus, I realize now you know where the “ gadget “ is.


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    Is it the silvery thing in the lower left corner of the second picture? Kind of looks like a B53/W53 package, but hard to tell for sure from that far away.
     
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    Ding Ding Ding Ding

    We have a winner.

    A lot of people walked by the thing and didn't know what it was. Finally one guy that did said,

    waitwhat.jpg


    damascusrvcircle.jpg

    w-53.jpg


    On its trip through the 750 ton concrete/steel door, the RV was stripped off.

    w532.jpg
     
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    Yeah, I read they found the warhead in a ditch, so that seemed like the logical spot. Regarding the tank laying by the road halfway between the W53 and the pile of concrete debris...do you know what that held? Just wondering.
     
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    IIRC, it was an air receiver that was located on the first level on the silo where the hydraulic motor used to open the silo door was.
     
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    Ah, so part of the silo machinery, not a part of the missile. Cool, thanks!
     
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    willie_pete NRA Life Member

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    That second photo was taken the next morning after the explosion before any clean up was done ( before the warhead was even ID'd ). My sources still there told me there were no real identifiable pieces of the missile in the aftermath. The 750 ton silo closure door was broken in pieces. The largest piece ( about 250 tons ) landed close to 300 feet away.

    An astonishingly large explosion.
     
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    Willie Pete,

    I've read your previous posts on this incident. Thanks for the reminder and the education.

    Prayers for Sgt. Livingston and for all who loved him.
     
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    willie_pete NRA Life Member

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    If one is so inclined here is a " History Guy " piece on the mishap.


    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAUg2D1xYBk



    Also if you ever see the 1988 made for TV movie " Disaster at Silo 7 "; it was loosely based on this incident. Starred a few names in Hollywood at the time including Dennis Weaver, Peter Boyle and Joe Spano. The surviving member of the entry team, Jeff Kennedy, served as tech adviser.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095032/?ref_=nv_sr_2?ref_=nv_sr_2