- New document added to the "In the News" section
great addition from Fred, this article comes straight from the
airman featured so prominently in the historical photos on T1E,
A1C Brannon. Read
this article you
can see A1C Brannon all over the 724-A complex checking gauges, going over
checklists and doing his daily routine and read in his
own words about his experience and his impressions of becoming an MMT
(Missile Maintenance Tech.) with the 451st SMW.
is a great little article and it makes me wish I could sit down
with Brannon over a drink or a good meal and talk more about his
time with the Titans. I imagine he'd have some great stories
to tell. Hats off to you A1C Brannon!
I don't know. I'll do something with more pictures.
- Document extravaganza!! New document library section added,
clutch (5) of new documents have just been added along with a new
sub-section to the document library called In
The News which will feature news clippings and other articles
about the Titan 1. For those of you who find documents dry
and boring, there is a ray of hope as these documents are not all
just dull technical information or the like, but instead include
news articles (with pictures!) covering Titan history.
the new In the News
section you'll find two articles:
Crashes Close Doors on Prairie's Titan Era - A Denver
Post article on the closing of the launcher silo doors graciously
contributed by Jim Despres.
Week Magazine: Inside a Titan Missile Base - An
NY Herald Tribune Exclusive that takes a first look at the
underground Titan I complex and it's crew. Another fine
addition from Fred Epler.
section is rounded out with:
T-5 - BEALE AREA HISTORY -
Corps of Engineers construction summary of the Beale AFB Titan
sites, covering contracts, materials, labor and a host of other
details too numerous for someone lazy like myself to
mention. Also contributed by Fred Epler.
Contractor Documents section:
Program Control Room Charts - Old school charts and
graphs showing the Titan I and II programs current status and
schedule both completed and planned. Can you believe people
used to have to make these charts by hand like an arts and crafts
I EXCESS WEAPON SYSTEM MATERIEL - VOLUME
I-A - AEROSPACE GROUND EQUIPMENT -
Welcome to the Titan I yard sale! This document was part of
the effort to re-purpose the expensive excess equipment sitting
unused after the sites' closure.
To that end, these fiscally-minded listings were compiled in an
effort to get the most bang for the American defense bucks:
acquisition cost of these missile system components represents a significant
portion of previous defense expenditures and warrants extraordinary actions to
insure that wherever possible this property be used or converted to satisfy other programs both within
the Department of Defense and Federal agencies."
this way, it was hoped to
"...achieve optimum utilization of excess personal property currently available within
the Department of Defense. Prevent concurrent buying and selling of like items within the various departments
and agencies of the Federal Government. Assist in insuring prudent usage of funds entrusted
to these departments and agencies by the Congress."
of photos and detailed illustrations of obscure Titan I aerospace
ground equipment, this first of 5 volumes shows details that are
not easily found elsewhere so if you ever wondered what the
after-market value of a Facilities Console ($1800) or a Rocket
Engine Decontaminating Unit ($23,011) were, you'll find out here.
- Site translation added, corrections and minor section updates
another unholy alliance with Google, I have opted to provide
language translation using their services for the following
Offers the widest selection of languages available
Easy to implement
Did I mention free service?
Quick and on-demand translation - use it or don't
Cyrillic looks cool because I can't read it
much more worldly version of the site
now, the translation is in a probationary period until I feel that
none of Google's world-domination shenanigans are present or any
problems arise with its use. If you encounter any problems
with different browsers or the entire web site becoming broken,
etc., please Contact Me and let me know
so I can fix it.
course all the translations are done by software and so the
accuracy will not be great, but it should offer a somewhat
intelligible text for non-English speaking visitors. I know
anyone can do this themselves, but it makes the process much more
convenient. After all, you shouldn't be suddenly contracted
to do such work just because you visit a web site.
hope this feature, though limited, will expand the use and
diplomacy of the site, and since my very limited use of German,
Spanish, Japanese, French*, Italian*
and Norwegian* is certainly not up to
the task, this makes a great alternative, and is long overdue.
* Very, very limited.
Epler did some looking and identified 3 of the 4 mystery men in Entry
Portal Part III, and provided a couple more images which I
could not resist adding, including shots of the portal elevator
motor in situ in
Entry Portal Part V.
also pointed out some corrections to photo captions which were
updated and expanded to include other information regarding dates,
and locations as well.
update? It will be a surprise (mostly because I haven't
decided yet). Check back soon, I suspect some more documents
will be added to the library very soon.
- Entry Portal Part V added
next and final part of the Entry Portal section is complete.
Entry Portal Part V completes as it
arrives at the bottom of the portal silo and opens into the main
tunnel junction. These last two updates were a huge amount
of work so I hope they'll be interesting.
I didn't have the last update ready by Friday AM. I really
wanted it to be there for you folks who are looking for some
reading on Friday morning, but I tried.
request if I may:
don't just rip my entire site without good reason. It
really messes with my stats and makes me worry that someone is
attacking my site/server. I'm looking at YOU Brazilian
DSL subscriber. I'm pleased you would want to enjoy
every last byte of my site, but please-- All things in
moderation. Thanks and Alo. =)
- Entry Portal Parts III and IV added
next 2 parts of the Entry Portal section are complete. Scads
of new pictures and my usual rambling BS lay bare the veritable
vestibule of Armageddon's foyer. My apologies for not having
anything sooner, but this is a big update with one more part to
follow very shortly.
it may not look like it, I put a lot of effort into these
updates. I hope they will prove interesting. For those
of you who don't have time to read my blather, just scroll on down
and enjoy the pictures.
Portal Part III looks at the surface and it's history.
Portal Part IV drags you down into the depths of the portal
silo and marvels at the audacity of animals a bit while leading
you into the site.
V will be up in less than a week so keep watch for it.
gratitude goes out to Fred Epler whom I consider Chief Consultant
and Chief Contributor for his assistance with historical and
technical information about the Titan 1 and for providing photos
that really bring the history to life and offer great shots I
also to Walter, Sean and Jim who also contributed to these
- Entry Portal Part I updated and new Part II added - link errors
I have not just been sitting on my ass! Two more updates
have just been added.
the Entry Portal section has been updated
with completely new content as part of the new expanded multi-part
section on the Entry Portal.
a new page, Entry Portal Part II has
been added covering the construction of the Entry Portal. All
the over-sized images in these new sections can be clicked on
to see the full-sized picture. Click away!
wanted to get the 3rd part completed for this update but didn't
want to rush it and just couldn't get it complete, so look for it
in about a week if all goes well. I expect that there will
likely be at least one more section after that before I move onto
the next one. This next update will have scads of new photos
and will see the return of the old pictures at higher resolution.
"Contact", "Site Map" and "Link"
links got corrupted through nefarious software shenanigans on some
pages. I have corrected this barring any I missed.
- Results of the "What
the Hell is That Challenge"
an embarrassing delay, I have updated Part
III of the antenna terminal section with the results
of the WtHiT Challenge. Find out the who and what of it
all at long last. This is a minor update to be sure, but at
least it's something.
has me very busy and very tired lately, reducing the time spent on
updates to weekends only as I seem to be far too tired to get
anything done after such grueling work days. I expect this
will not continue for too much longer, but please be patient as I
continue working on the next update. Check back soon for the
updates to the Entry Portal section.
- Two new documents added
more documents are now available in the Document
Library section. Only for the hard-core missile history
in the Operational
T-4 - LARSON AREA HISTORICAL
Corps of Engineers summary of the Larson Area construction of the
568th SMS. Contracts, construction details,
contractors, labor issues, costs, delays and other
history are detailed in this document. Over 250 pages rich
in detail on the Titan I sites at Larson AFB.
next new arrival is in the Martin
TEST PLAN - SILO
LAUNCH TEST FACILITY PROPELLANT LOADING AND PRESSURIZATION SYSTEM
- Martin Report describing
the propellant loading and pressurization system tests of the Silo
Launch Test Facility to determine proper operation and
am working on my next update-- this time on the Entry Portal (aka:
Portal Silo) which is going to expand enormously from the existing
tiny page to 3 or more full pages with many, many new images and
photos accompanied by my usual dry blather and half-assed attempts
at humor. Keep yer' eyes peeled.
- The "What
the Hell is That Challenge"
winner has been decided!!
will be sending out an email confirmation to the person with the
ultimate answer that was received the earliest, and which positively
identified the mysterious item and provided objective proof.
I will post the answer and possibly the lucky person's name or
initials and evidence provided once I have received a response
thanks to all those who participated and spent their time and
effort looking into this. Some answers were quite simple and
to the point, while others were quite detailed and
technical. I regret that there can be only one winner and
only one prize (such as it is). Thanks once again to all
those who took the "WtHiT" Challenge!
work on the guidance system has stalled while I research further
and better prepare to illustrate the system (I'm learning vector
graphics FYI), and so in the interest of not having the site be
stagnant for another month or two, I will instead be moving on to
updating the Entry Portal section (updates still pending) while I
continue my research and preparation for that section. Keep
your eyes peeled for an update to the Entry Portal section soon.
- Antenna Terminal Part III added - and The Challenge!!
III of the antenna terminal section is now complete.
More photos of the antenna silos than you can shake a stick at.
the "What the Hell is That?"
Challenge! At last, its here (prepare to be disappointed),
oh joy! Details inside.
- Antenna Terminal Part II added - still more to come - and a
II of the antenna terminal section is now complete and peers
into the past and present of the operational complex. Part
III of the antenna terminal section should follow swiftly on the
heels of this update and will dig deeper-- well actually higher--
into the antenna terminal.
to click on photos to view them full-size.
tuned for the next exciting installment where I pose the timeless
question: "What the Hell is
knows, maybe YOU can answer?
(small actually, and only one prize really, but
still-- A PRIZE!)
(not really, but you can proudly proclaim your achievement to
anyone who'll listen! Also, I will post the winner's
name on the web site-- if desired. Oh boy!)
if you can be the one (and
only one, as I mentioned previously, there's only one damn
prize!) to tell me: "What the
Hell is That?"
Big Prize is actually quite small. Tough knobs.
Big Fame, or even ANY FAME whatsoever not provided, defined or
guaranteed in any fashion. Too bad.
Deal actually not big, and in fact is immeasurably small to the
point of non-existence. However, the "What
the Hell is That?" Challenge
foolin' and there really is a prize and I will
really award it to the first person who can provide a definitive
and meaningful answer.
- Antenna Terminal section updated - more to come!
first portion of the newly-expanded Antenna
Terminal section is
complete and documents the nomenclature and construction of this
very critical part of the complex. Just about every image in
this section is new to the site so if you've visited before, I
urge you to take another look and see what's new.
the old photos dammit?"
present-day photos that appeared in this section before will
return, enhanced and expanded in the next update, don't fret.
next update will continue looking at the antenna terminal as it
once looked and as it looks now. Expect this update around
the 4th of July holiday. Ultimately there will be at least 2
more parts to the antenna terminal section before it is complete.
long-overdue addition to this update is the ability to Click
for Larger Image (where available) on most
images. Nearly all images on the site are larger than
displayed, but to format the web pages to a reasonable size, they
have been compressed. You could view them at full size by
saving them and then viewing them outside the page but that's
hardly convenient. Well, now you can just click to get a
better look. Bout' time I did that!
hope you will find the new update interesting. Check back
- Antenna Tunnel section updated
working on the antenna terminal section, I saw a that the Antenna
Tunnel section could use a
good updating as well and thought I would complete that
addition to many new photos, I have replaced the existing pictures
with better quality images. While a long tunnel may not be
the most fascinating area of the Titan I complex, I felt compelled
as always to go way overboard documenting this area. I hope
it will still prove interesting.
for more documents and the antenna terminal section update (which
will be at least 2 separate links or more) that will be added
soon. Many, many new pictures and lots of overly-detailed
information to come!
- Three new documents added
more documents are now available in the Document
Library section. Two of these are quite large and
detailed. For those who can't get enough information on the
Titan I system, this update has lots of interesting details.
in the Operational
T-3 - MT. HOME AREA HISTORICAL
Corps of Engineers summary of the Mountain Home Area construction of the
569th SMS. Contracts, construction details,
contractors, labor issues, costs, delays, accidents and other
history are detailed in this document.
there are 2 new new arrivals in the Martin
ACTIVITIES PLAN - WS107A-2
OPERATIONAL BASES - Martin
guidebook for the planning, construction, phasing, systems
integration, installation and checkout, turnover and activation of
the operational Titan I complexes and their support facilities.
II-A IN TITAN I SILOS - A
preliminary feasibility report on the cost-saving concept of
retrofitting Titan I bases for in-silo launch of Titan II missiles
employing the 200% increased payload capacity of the Titan II-A
think these are 3 really interesting documents loaded with
interesting facts, figures and details as well as photo-plates,
(they are photocopies so the quality of the Mt. Home plates is
lousy, sorry) diagrams and charts. The files are big but I
think you'll find them worth the download times.
continues apace on the next update to the Antenna
Terminal section, which if you take a look, you'll see is
woefully incomplete and, in my opinion, lacking. A big
update will be forthcoming soon.
- Farewell My Friend
want to take this opportunity to bid farewell to a good friend,
Gary Leasia who died of complications of diabetes and cancer
the evening of Monday, May 18th. He was 57.
struggled with his illnesses for the past 7 years, losing his
sight, his mobility and ultimately his hearing before passing very
suddenly this week.
are finally at peace Gary. Farewell, you will be missed.
- Equipment Terminals Part IV complete and 2 new documents added
IV of the Equipment Terminals section is now complete thus
finishing the equipment terminals section.
new documents have also been added: one under the Other
Contractors section and the other under the Martin
Test Evaluation for Mod II Decoy Subsystem - Titan V-1,
Details testing of Ford Aeronutronics' Decoy Ejection Mechanism
(DEM) and the decoy pods used to throw off enemy anti-missile
FIELD PLAN FOR BASE T-1 covers the integration of SAC
personnel with construction contractors to facilitate check out
and turnover of baser T-1 operational sites to the Air Force.
I'll be expanding and completing the Antenna Terminal section
which through my own lack of organization has gone unfinished for
the past few years. After that is complete, I will be
working on a new section covering the surface of the Titan I
complex. You've seen the underground, now find out what was
on the surface!
thanks to those folks out there who have pointed out mistakes,
goofs, problems and other issues with the site. Even if you
just plain don't like the way something is arranged, set up or if
you otherwise find my site confusing or poorly organized in some
way, don't hesitate to send me an email and tell me. It is
invaluable to me that the visitors to my site find it easy to
navigate and explore without broken links, poor organization or
(heaven forbid) my obvious lack of an editor for the text on these
pages. My advance thanks to those who will show me the
errors of my ways now and in the future.
update brought to you by The Maharaja
Imperial India Pale Ale and the Avery
Brewing Company in Boulder Colorado (with whom I have
absolutely no affiliation whatsoever save for drinking
their product). Damn good IPA I must say!
- Equipment Terminals Part III added
III of the Equipment Terminals section is now complete and continues with
levels II and III. This is a big section so I hope you'll
find the pictures interesting. One more section to go and
more documents coming up so keep checking back.
also corrected a veritable cornucopia of typos and misspellings on
a number of pages. My spell-checker was out of commission
for a while and I just fixed it today (and not a moment too
- Two new documents added
two new documents have been added to the Document
I hope you will find them interesting.
under the Operational
Histories section: Base
T-2 - History of Titan I (850TH SMS), which details the
construction history of the Ellsworth AFB Titan I Squadron in
excruciating detail. Want to know what the government paid
for a Titan I equipment terminal? Want to know how thick the
silo walls were? Find out in this document.
an odd scanning anomaly which I am not qualified to explain, some
pages in the Base T-2 document are in muted shades of red, blue
and green. The document I scanned was a photo copy and so
was only black and white, yet the scanner somehow interpreted them
as being in color. This appears in several documents that
will be added to the library in the future.
under the Other
Contractor Documents section: SLTF Flight Test Report,
a feasibility study of the full-scale in-silo test launch of a
Titan I missile.
continues on the Equipment Terminals section and there should be
an update shortly. There will be at least 2 more additions
before it is complete so check back soon.
- Equipment Terminals Part II added. New document added
late than never I guess. I had promised this update about 6
days ago, but photo editing and other work pushed it back a
bit. I am pleased to present Part
II of the Equipment Terminals section which continues with
construction and delves into the underground complex.
new in this update: another new document is now available in the Martin
Documents section of the document library: Titan Destruct
System. This short document details how the range safety
equipment was put together for both the Titan I and II
missiles. Some great photos of the test procedure are
included. Unfortunately, one page, Fig. 1, is missing from
the original document.
- Equipment Terminals section updated. New document added
Equipment Terminals section
has been updated. Visit section
I to see the first new part of what will be at least 3 or more
additions to that section. The second part of the equipment
terminals section is well under way and should be available in 7-9
days so stay posted!
new document and a new section are available in the document
library: Base T-1 Lowry Area History is now available under the Operational
Histories section. This this document details the
construction history of Titan I base T-1 which was comprised of
the first two Titan I squadrons, the 724th SMS and 725th SMS.
will be traveling for a few days so please be patient with any
emails. I will get to them as soon as I can.
- New section added! Site Map page re-worked
new section is now available: Document
Library. This contains scanned Titan missile-related
documents of historical and research significance. A wealth
of information for the missile-obsessed can now be found
there. For now there are 6 documents from the dash-1 to
missile testing there. Get some history. Many more
additions are forthcoming so keep yer eyes peeled. Enjoy!
I re-did the Site Map because I thought
it was looking a bit fugly. Work continues on the Equipment
Terminals section. Stay on alert!
- Links section updated!
long last I have added some great new sites to the Links page.
am not one to self-promote, really, but recently I was interviewed
by Jonathan Haeber about the Titan I system, my web page and the
3D model of the Titan I site. He put together a great
article about his experience visiting Titan I sites and our
interview and posted some excellent photographs there and on his
Flickr account which I urge you to check out, they are really
Haeber's site, Bearings
can be found here: http://www.terrastories.com/
new to the links section:
invite you to peruse these sites and enjoy (as I have) their
interesting and intriguing offerings.
links section has also been organized for (hopefully) greater ease
of use. Please feel free to criticize
my efforts if you see need
- Utilities Tunnels Section Completed!
utilities tunnels section has
been completed and includes newly added photos and
illustrations. I hope folks will find the new content
interesting. More to come!
have also updated the LOX bays section
to include one more blueprint image that better shows the
structure of the LOX bays.
- LOX Bays Section Completed!
LOX bays section has
been completed and includes newly added photos and
illustrations. This brings me one step closer to finishing
the underground areas of the complex and to other areas yet to be
of antenna silos section
Titan I missile
and expansion of the tunnels, portal and other sections
re-org and re-design to improve navigation and menus
I document library - Contractor documents, histories and Tech
Order manuals in PDF format.