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NUCLEAR MISSILE SILO

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« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2011, 06:13:05 pm »



At the time it was being lowered into its silo, this Atlas F was the most advanced missile in the U.S. arsenal.

Some men tinker in the backyard shed or putter around the garage. Townsley has strung lights up in a 185-foot hole in the ground and has enough space and tools to tinker for the foreseeable future.

Seen from below, the giant silo doors give little hint that there’s a blue sky beyond. Such substantial doors required Townsley to get a little creative to prop it open:
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« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2011, 06:13:42 pm »



“It’s your standard hydraulic lift,” Townsley says. “It’s just really big.”

Decades ago the lifts were a crucial part of the operation. Before the missile could be launched, the multi-ton, three-foot thick doors had to swing outward and allow an elevator to raise the missile toward the sky as quickly as possible. If an enemy attack was really underway, every second counted.
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« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2011, 06:14:10 pm »



An Atlas F missile, flanked by the massive silo doors, is fully raised and ready to launch.

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« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2011, 06:14:49 pm »



Concrete slabs and giant doors cover very deep holes in the ground, somber mementos of a time when many Americans felt that the end of the world as they knew it was just the push of a button away.
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« Reply #19 on: March 27, 2011, 06:15:40 pm »



Many of the Atlas missiles were eventually launched, but instead of weapons for the Cold War they became tools of the space race, carrying satellites into orbit.


Photos: Jim Merithew/Wired.com

Read more about converted Cold War nuclear shelters HERE

http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/news/2009/04/gallery_missile_base_1

http://seanlinnane.blogspot.com/2010/08/nuclear-missile-silo.html
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