The Titan Missile Museum

The Titan Missile Museum Titan II was the largest and most powerful ICBM America ever built. The Titan Missile Museum invites you to come and see this wonder of the Cold War!
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Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

07/31/2019
Coded Switch System

Hello Everyone. Here's a bit of a deep dive into the Coded Switch System, the failsafe system for the Titan II program from 1976 through the end of the program.

RED ALERT! The Access Portal Elevator is out of service for maintenance.  Effective immediately (7/20/19) and for the fo...
07/20/2019

RED ALERT! The Access Portal Elevator is out of service for maintenance. Effective immediately (7/20/19) and for the foreseeable future, you must be at least 5 years old and able to descend and climb 55 stair steps to go on the guided tour. Visitors unable to navigate the stairs may explore the surface portion of the missile site.

Using hours and hours of audio recordings together with images from NASA, Ben Feist  has created a website where the Apo...
07/19/2019

Using hours and hours of audio recordings together with images from NASA, Ben Feist has created a website where the Apollo 11 moon landing is playing out in real time. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic journey and join the mission in progress here: https://apolloinrealtime.org/11/?utm_source=Nature+Briefing&utm_campaign=c2e1c3b228-briefing-dy-20190716&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c9dfd39373-c2e1c3b228-43667297. If you drop in now, it's a little less than 77 hours into the mission and just hours before Armstrong and Aldrin will start their descent. It's pretty amazing. Image credit: NASA.gov

Finally, a mushroom cloud with rain!
07/17/2019

Finally, a mushroom cloud with rain!

First mushroom clouds of the monsoon season.
07/17/2019

First mushroom clouds of the monsoon season.

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
07/16/2019

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

‪50 years ago, at 8:32 AM CT on July 16, 1969, #Apollo11 blasted off on a Saturn V rocket, launching the first astronauts who would walk on the Moon!

07/10/2019
Butterfly Valves

Here's a bit of a deep dive into the butterfly valves on the propellant lines that fed the Stage I Engine. Enjoy!

North Korea may have tested larger nuclear devices than we thought...
06/04/2019
2017 North Korean nuclear test order of magnitude larger than previous tests, new study finds - AGU Newsroom

North Korea may have tested larger nuclear devices than we thought...

AGU press contact: Liza Lester +1 (202) 777-7494 [email protected] Researcher contact: Thorne Lay, University of California Santa Cruz +1 (831) 459-3164 [email protected] WASHINGTON— North Korea detonated a nuclear device in 2017 equivalent to about 250 kilotons of TNT, a new study estimates, creating a...

Because Titan can never have too many friends and fans, check out a recent article about the museum on the blog Sightsee...
06/04/2019
Titan Missile Museum offers an up-close look at the Cold War - Sightseers' Delight

Because Titan can never have too many friends and fans, check out a recent article about the museum on the blog Sightseers' Delight. Thanks for the support Todd!

Amid the Cold War, the country established a series of 54 Titan II intercontinental ballistic missile silos. One of the missiles, formerly site No. 571-7, is preserved as the Titan Missile Museum.

We found this gem of missile duty pop culture in the archive and immediately decided we had to share it with everyone.  ...
05/31/2019

We found this gem of missile duty pop culture in the archive and immediately decided we had to share it with everyone. With hits like “Home in the Hole” and “There are No Missilemen in Hell,” the Groobers were a quartet of Minuteman Launch Officers at F.E. Warren in the mid-70s who found a creative way to memorialize the missileman’s (no women in the career field yet) duty. While their songs are geared to the Minuteman way of life, many of the lyrics are hilarious (although some are not for the faint of heart) and former Titan II folks will relate! All the songs from their hit album “Missile Duty’s Pleasin’…?” are on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qfb7Zsqdaqg&list=PLxm3_XwBZAzMtRV6ORTMmQHU9gA4DMCo1&index=1 Enjoy!

05/18/2019
Mac Titan

Hey Everyone. The Titan Missile Museum YouTube Channel is live! Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/user/titanmissile
Before you do that, though, we have a little mystery we’re hoping one of you will be able to help us solve. Watch this short film for details. Thanks!

The museum has a couple of updates for everyone.  First, please note that our summer hours are now in effect.  Sunday - ...
05/04/2019

The museum has a couple of updates for everyone. First, please note that our summer hours are now in effect. Sunday - Friday hours are 9:45am to 4:00pm. Saturday hours remain the same--8:45am to 5:00pm. Second, we're doing some access road and parking lot repairs the entire week of May 13. So watch for the signs and traffic control.

In the wee hours of the morning on May 1, Global Strike Command conducted a successful test launch of a Minuteman III IC...
05/02/2019
Minuteman III GT230M

In the wee hours of the morning on May 1, Global Strike Command conducted a successful test launch of a Minuteman III ICBM pulled from Minot AFB. Here's some video of the launch.

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 2:42 A.M. Pacific Time May 1, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

So, this is what YouTube thinks Chuck is saying when he talks about one of the shock isolated platforms in the silo.  Wo...
04/27/2019

So, this is what YouTube thinks Chuck is saying when he talks about one of the shock isolated platforms in the silo. Wouldn't the world be a better place if MAD had been about protecting our nuclear chocolate?

04/27/2019
The Most Dangerous Toy in the World

Check out one of the most dangerous toys ever produced, the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab. It came complete with 3 separate sources of radiation!

What is the world’s most dangerous toy? Ranking pretty highly on the list is probably the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab, created by the company A.C. Gilber...

April 7-13 is National Volunteer Week, a time when we are reminded to thank our volunteers, for surely the visitor exper...
04/07/2019

April 7-13 is National Volunteer Week, a time when we are reminded to thank our volunteers, for surely the visitor experience at the Titan Missile Museum would not be the same without their selfless dedication and service. Our volunteers are the museum’s ambassadors to the world. They greet our visitors and make them feel welcome. They provide safety briefings to everyone before they go on the tour; they give all of our tours; they volunteer in the classroom to teach our visiting school groups; they work in the archive and in administration; and they help keep the missile silo clean and functioning in good order. They help the museum in so many different ways, and because of their enthusiasm, support and tireless efforts, the Titan Missile Museum is thriving. If you visit the museum this week, please take an extra moment to thank our volunteers for their service. If you’re a friend of the museum, please comment on this post and thank our volunteers. I have said this before, and I’ll say it again, the volunteers at the Titan Missile Museum are the best of the best. OUR VOLUNTEERS ROCK!!!

04/06/2019
Blast Door Operation

Four blast doors in each Titan II missile site contributed to the security and survivability of the missile sites. In this video, Chuck takes a deep dive into their operation. Get some popcorn and settle in. This video is 11 minutes long!

03/24/2019
Silo 1A

Continuing our exploration of level 1 of the silo, here's a short primer on silo level 1A where the rest of the equipment is located that operates the silo closure door. Enjoy.

03/16/2019
Silo 1C

The silo closure door covered the launch duct and protected the Titan II on a daily basis. That protection came with a weight of 760 tons. Yet during the launch sequence, the silo closure door opened in just 19 seconds! Here's a short primer on Silo level 1C where some of the equipment that operated the silo closure door is located. Enjoy!

03/09/2019
Deluge system

A number of engineering developments made the Titan II a credible threat. One such development was the water deluge system that made it possible to launch the Titan II from its underground launch duct. Here's a short primer on how it worked. Enjoy!

03/02/2019
Level 2--the far side

Hello Everyone. Here's a short primer on the far side of level 2 of the missile silo. Enjoy!

Status update on Friday afternoon at 1pm.  We are resuming limited tours for people wearing rubber soled shoes and who c...
02/22/2019

Status update on Friday afternoon at 1pm. We are resuming limited tours for people wearing rubber soled shoes and who can descend and climb 55 stair steps. The elevator is not available for use. Watch this page for updates. When the temperature starts to drop, tours will be discontinued and we'll post a notice here.

This is not something we thought we'd ever see at the museum.  A big shout out to Brady McCahey for his excellent snowma...
02/22/2019

This is not something we thought we'd ever see at the museum. A big shout out to Brady McCahey for his excellent snowman! We've got several inches of snow and the steps in to the missile site are iced over. We're not able to give tours at this time. We're hoping it's going to warm up, but if you're planning to visit the museum on Friday or Saturday morning, February 22 and 23, please call before you come so we can give you the tour status. Enjoy the photos and if you can play in the snow today, have a great time. Thanks for the photos Judie!

The Titan Missile Museum is featured on Rosie on the The House this coming Saturday.  Give a listen at 7am on KGVY  1080...
02/14/2019

The Titan Missile Museum is featured on Rosie on the The House this coming Saturday. Give a listen at 7am on KGVY 1080AM/100.7FM and KNST 790AM Tucson. Thanks for the support!

Did you hear who are surprise guest was last week? Rosie joined up for the 9 and 10 am hour and is planning a repeat performance! Tune in as we entertain and inform our Arizona friends.
10am - Plumbing trends, repair or replace plumbing fixtures, and Cost vs Value report continued- with Rosie!
9am#water heater- learn to drain yours! Open hour for you and your questions!
8am Jay Harper in studio talking Tomatoes and Peppers
7am Learn the intriguing story of the The Titan Missile Museum from Museum Director, Yvonne Morris who was a crew chief when the Missiles were active.
https://www.rosieonthehouse.com/blog/new-plumbing-trends

RED ALERT!  On February 26, 2019 the Titan Missile Museum will close early at 4pm for our annual event to honor our awes...
02/14/2019

RED ALERT! On February 26, 2019 the Titan Missile Museum will close early at 4pm for our annual event to honor our awesome volunteers. The last tour of the day will be at 2:45pm. Thank you for your support and understanding!

02/02/2019
Secret Ladder

Here's a short primer on the "secret" ladder on level 5. Chuck could tell you more, but then we'd have to...well you know. Enjoy!

01/30/2019
Targeting

Here's a short primer on the targeting system for Titan II. Enjoy!

01/19/2019
Weather Gear

Here's a short primer on the weather gear at the missile sites.

01/12/2019
Preventing Intruders

In this short primer Chuck explains why intruders were not a problem at the missile sites.

01/11/2019
HF Hard Antenna

Here's a short primer on the HF hard antenna. You'll need to boost your audio in the first portion of the video before Chuck descends into the HF antenna silo and turn it down once he's inside the antenna silo. Enjoy!

01/05/2019
Propellant Vapor Detection

In previous posts Chuck has explained how propellant was loaded and unloaded from the missile. Now here's an overview of the system that was used to monitor the missile sites for propellant leaks.

Happy New Year!
01/01/2019

Happy New Year!

12/29/2018
Oxi burner

Here's a short primer on the oxidizer burner. Enjoy!

Happy Holidays from everyone at the Titan Missile Museum!  50 years ago today, on Christmas Eve 1968, Apollo 8 Astronaut...
12/24/2018

Happy Holidays from everyone at the Titan Missile Museum! 50 years ago today, on Christmas Eve 1968, Apollo 8 Astronaut Bill Anders captured “Earthrise,” one of the most iconic photographs of the space age. May the coming year bring us all the peace and beauty promised by this photo. Photo: NASA.gov

12/21/2018
Dump Tanks

Here's a short primer on the propellant dump tanks. Enjoy!

12/11/2018
Blast Dampers

Here's a short primer on the purpose and operation of the blast dampers. Enjoy!

11/24/2018
Battery Power

Here's a short primer on the batteries and motor generator located on level 3 of the control center. Enjoy!

11/14/2018
IRCS system

Here's a primer on the IRCS communications system. Enjoy!

We know a  lot of our friends and fans have been anxiously waiting for us to post our Top to Bottom Tour Schedule for 20...
11/04/2018

We know a lot of our friends and fans have been anxiously waiting for us to post our Top to Bottom Tour Schedule for 2019. The good news is that the schedule is almost done! We'll be posting it late on November 6 and accepting reservations for 2019 Top to Bottom Tours beginning on November 7.

“The island of Elugelab is missing!”  This is what Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Gordon Dean said to President D...
11/01/2018

“The island of Elugelab is missing!” This is what Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Gordon Dean said to President Dwight Eisenhower when he explained the results of the first US test of a thermonuclear (hydrogen) device. Code named Ivy Mike (“M” for megaton), the test was conducted on November 1, 1952 (shortly before Eisenhower's election) on the island of Elugelab in the Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands about 3,000 miles west of Hawaii. The Ivy Mike device—it wasn’t a deliverable bomb since it weighed in at a hefty 82 tons—produced a fireball that was 3 miles wide and reached a height of 120,000 feet. The mushroom cloud that followed the fireball was 100 miles wide. The yield of the explosion was a little over 10 megatons, more than 700 times larger than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Elugelab was vaporized and the crater left behind was more than a mile wide and more than 160 feet deep.

New documents released by the National Security Archive provide an interesting insight on the origins of nuclear nonprol...
10/29/2018
60th Anniversary of Irish Resolution: A Forerunner of the NPT | National Security Archive

New documents released by the National Security Archive provide an interesting insight on the origins of nuclear nonproliferation starting with the Irish Resolution.

Washington D.C., October 29, 2018 — Sixty years ago, in October 1958, Irish Minister of External Affairs Frank Aiken bought before the United Nations the first version of a resolution addressing the dangers of nuclear proliferation. U.S. State Department officials initially found it “potentially...

We had an interesting weather day at the museum today. The lightening photo is by Chuck Penson.  The rainbow photo is by...
10/24/2018

We had an interesting weather day at the museum today. The lightening photo is by Chuck Penson. The rainbow photo is by Craig Bennett.

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