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Posted By: SpecialK, 09-30-2012, 06:58 PM

The only Nike missile museum...


Arrived just in time.


Assembly building for non-fuel, non-nuclear parts.


Missile parts...






Old-style timer.






Old equipment.










The warhead assembly building is where the nuclear warhead was fitted.






Our ranger-guide told us not to stand on the yellow-striped doors...then disappeared.




He returned...


About 10 seconds after the missile was raised, a pair of unrelated F-5E jets flew by. I'm sure they were surprised.


We all got on the elevator and rode down to the missile magazine.




Sentries during the day, patrol dogs at night.


Target acquisition radar


Missile guidance radar.




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09-30-2012, 10:49 PM   #2
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An interesting series Kyle, thanks for sharing. I bet those F5 jockys were surprised!!!! Cliff
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Cool set! It's nice that they've kept at least one Nike site preserved and open like this...

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An interesting series Kyle, thanks for sharing. I bet those F5 jockys were surprised!!!! Cliff
Glad you liked them. The pilots probably laughed at 50-year old technology, though it could still put a ballistic dent in your day..

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Cool set! It's nice that they've kept at least one Nike site preserved and open like this...

Jim
Yep. I managed to see the Minuteman missile museum in South Dakota. I don't know of any others. Perhaps Nevada?

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Fascinating series. A truly awesome weapon
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Fascinating series. A truly awesome weapon
Thanks. Actually some drawbacks of this 1957- 1974-era weapon are...short range and only one at a time could be controlled. ICBMs doomed them. As the park ranger explained it, they were intended as the last line of defense, after most everything else had failed.
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another very interesting adventure Kyle, I really enjoyed the tour. I bet that was quite an experience to view in person. Thanks for the thread.
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another very interesting adventure Kyle, I really enjoyed the tour. I bet that was quite an experience to view in person. Thanks for the thread.
The equipment was interesting, but raising up the missile was awesome :-)

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Great set of photos SpecialK, brings back some memories. In the last image (the plaque) at the bottom center shows the missile trajectory -- interesting in itself. I participated in some test firings of Nike and Hawk systems (I was with HAWK), what that trajectory chart does not include is the interesting aspect of standing at the test firing range after a launch on a low cloud cover day.

As shown, the rocket motor cluster is dropped (after going through the low cloud cover of course), and you can hear the air whistling through the chambers as gravity brings it plummeting back to earth. With the wind coming in-range, pushing the cluster back towards the launch site, got kinda intense waiting for the cluster to break through the clouds so we knew exactly where it was going to come down at. Never had one actually come close to us, but ya never knew for sure.....
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