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Titan Missile Museum
Was Visited by the Traveling Webmaster on 23 February 2004.
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Destination :      Titan Missile Museum

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Category :      History / Museum

Location :      City : Sahuarita     State : Arizona

When :      Any Year: Spring, Fall or Winter

Reason to Visit :      The Museum is the remaining missile silo at the Green Valley complex of the 390th Strategic Missile Wing, which was one of the original 18 Titan missile silos that used to ring Tucson during the Cold War.

A museum piece from the Cold War era. This particular Titan II missile silo, Silo 571-7, was first placed in service and went on alert on 15 July 1963. The site reamined on alert until 1984 when it was decommisioned as a result of the SALT (Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty) that was signed in 1981 by President Ronald Reagan.

You will see a video about the history of the Titan missile and you are allowed to enter the deep "hardened" command center. In the command center is the essential equipment, needed to launch the Titan, which is mounted on springs to withstand anything but a direct hit. You will be able to see a couple of 6,000 pound blast doors and the silo itself. The 110 foot tall missile weighed 170 tons when it was fueled and flight ready. It's empty and harmless now, but it still looks as deadly, as it ever did.

Titan Hours
Titan Missile Museum is open according to the following schedule:

Nov. l - Apr. 30: Every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours: 9-5.

May 1 - Oct. 31: Wed. - Sun. Hours: 9-5.

Directions to Titan Museum:
(1580 W. Duval Mine Rd., Sahuarita, AZ)

The Titan Museum is located approximately 25 miles south of Tucson. From Tucson take I-l9 south to Green Valley. Take exit 69 west l/l0 mile past La Canada to entrance.

Submitted By :      The Traveling Webmaster added Titan Missile Museum as I had intended to visit all along.

Visted Yet During This Adventure? : Yes

Ray Plumlee's Rating :      5 Stars out of 5.

When Visited :      23 February 2004

Ray Plumlee's Comments :
I spent a very pleasant afternoon (despite a rather nasty rainy day) at the Titan Missile Museum. First you get to see the introduction video which appeared to be composed of training and public relations scenes from the era. With a short safety brief, and dawning of a hard hat, you then are lead to the "topside area" where you are shown some displays of various support equipment and facility equipment that was on the surface. This part of the tour also includes a look down into the silo (launch duct) where you can see the Titan II missile.

Once you enter and pass through the "access portal," "entrapment area" and the "Blast Lock Area" you enter the Control Center where the Launch Control Complex Facilities Console (LCCFC) with all the magic equipment and "key's" are kept. My only regret here is we did not get to see any of the crew's berthing, eating or lounging facilities. I beleive this would have been very insghtful of the hardship's (if any) the crews may have had to endure during their 24 hour of duty on alert.

Then you are taken into the silo/launch duct area so you can view the contents of the silo. From here you are then lead out of the below ground complex.

Once topside you are turned loose from the tour guides and allowed to roam the entire topside complex on your own.

Overall this is an "outstanding" presentation and well worth the visit. I gave the Titan Missile Museum my highest rating.

2nd Visit 10 March 2006


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I had been staying in nearby Tubac, Arizona for the last couple of weeks and the Titan Missile Museum is my all time favorite Military museum, so I made sure that I had another visit.

The tour is essentially the same as the last time I visited in 2004. This time our tour guide was Chuck who is the narrator for the new introduction movie you see before actually going into the silo. My only disapointment was there were still some areas you don't get to see. Noteably the crew quarters. The movie shows them but they are not part of the regular tour. I did find out that they have a special tour called "Beyond the Blastdoor Tour" that takes you to places not normally shown on their daily tour such as the crews quarters and the base of the missile silo itself. You get to go inside the launch silo at the base of the missile and look up alongside the missile.

I will have to come back again someday and schedule myself for when they have one of their "Beyond the Blastdoor Tours." Here is some information for those of you who would like to take the "Beyond the Blastdoor Tour." This information is as of March 2006.

"Beyond the Blastdoor Tours:" On the first Saturday of every month. You can explore areas not available on their regular tour such as the crews quarters. You will descend more than 100 feet underground and enter the launch duct. You will be able to stand directly beneath an actual Titan II missile.

Fees:
Adults (ages 13 and up): $17.95
Seniors (ages 62 and up): $15.95
Military: $15.95
Children (ages 8 to 12) $9.95

The tour begins at 9:30 AM and is limited to 20 people. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (520) 625-7736
tmmuseum@qwest.net


Reservations close at 5PM on the Friday before the tour.


Well here I am inside the Museum display and historical center at Titan II Missile Museum in Green Valley, Arizona.

Well here I am inside the Museum display and historical center at Titan II Missile Museum in Green Valley, Arizona.

My obligatory picture with the Have Web Sites Will Travel Traveling Webmasters Truck outside the Titan II Missile Museum in Green Valley, Arizona.

My obligatory picture with the Have Web Sites Will Travel Traveling Webmasters Truck outside the Titan II Missile Museum in Green Valley, Arizona.

Museum sign for Titan II Missile Museum in Green Valley, Arizona.

Museum sign for Titan II Missile Museum in Green Valley, Arizona.

Ominous sign that is posted on the original entrance gate to the Titan II Missile Silo 571-7 complex.

Ominous sign that is posted on the original entrance gate to the Titan II Missile Silo 571-7 complex.

View of the topside area of the Titan II Missile Silo 571-7.

View of the topside area of the Titan II Missile Silo 571-7

Inside view of Titan II Missile Silo 571-7. Look at the thickness of the blast lock area door which leads from the entrapment area into the access portal into the cableway which leads one way to missile launch control center and the other way to the launch silo.

Inside view of Titan II Missile Silo 571-7. Look at the thickness of the "blast lock area" door which leads from the "entrapment area" into the "access portal" into the cableway which leads one way to "missile launch control center" and the other way to the "launch silo."

An even better view of the thickness of the blast lock area door which leads from the entrapment area into the access portal into the cableway which leads one way to missile launch control center and the other way to the launch silo.

An even better view of the thickness of the "blast lock area" door which leads from the "entrapment area" into the "access portal" into the cableway which leads one way to "missile launch control center" and the other way to the "launch silo."

A view down the cableway which leads to the launch silo. As you can see this is a pretty long passageway. My guess is the best place to be when a Titan II Missile launches is to be as far away as possible.

A view down the cableway which leads to the "launch silo." As you can see this is a pretty long passageway. My guess is the best place to be when a Titan II Missile launches is to be as far away as possible.

View of the Launch Control Complex Facilities Console (LCCFC). In the center is the Commanders launch control console where the Commanders launch key is.

View of the Launch Control Complex Facilities Console (LCCFC). In the center is the MCCC's (Missile Combat Crew Commander) launch control console where the Commanders launch key is.

Another view of the Launch Control Complex Facilities Console (LCCFC) with the EWO (Emergency War Order) safe (red on top and the rest blue).

Another view of the Launch Control Complex Facilities Console (LCCFC) with the EWO (Emergency War Order) safe (red on top and the rest blue).

Another view of the Launch Control Complex Facilities Console (LCCFC). In the lower right corner of this picture you can see the Commanders launch key.

Another view of the Launch Control Complex Facilities Console (LCCFC). In the lower right corner of this picture you can see the Commanders launch key.

View from inside access area of Titan II Missile Silo 571-7 of the last Titan II missile.

View from inside access area of Titan II Missile Silo 571-7 of the last Titan II missile.

 Also you can see two technicians suited up in protective suits working  on/around the missile. Note they are observing the two man rule which requires that no one can be alone in sensitive areas or No Lone Zones which included most of the silo and launch complex.

View from the top of Titan II Missile Silo 571-7. Here you can see the REV (Reentry Vehicle) atop the Titan II Missile. Also you can see two technicians suited up in protective suits working on/around the missile. Note they are observing the "two man rule" which requires that no one can be alone in sensitive areas or "No Lone Zones" which included most of the silo and launch complex.

Here is a good view of the primary security system (other than the perimiter fence). These horn looking devices are TPS-19's or

Here is a good view of the primary security system (other than the perimiter fence). These horn looking devices are TPS-19's or "Tipsies." They were motion detection devices that would alert the Missile Launch Crew below in the Launch Control Complex Facilities Console (LCCFC) who would then alert topside Security personnel who would investigate the intrusion.

Display model of the REV (Reentry Vehicle) in it's transportaion stand on a truck bed.

Display model of the REV (Reentry Vehicle) in it's transportaion stand on a truck bed.

Display model of one of the two stage one engines that a Titan II missile has.  In the background is a display model of the stage two missile engine.

Display model of one of the two stage one engines that a Titan II missile has. In the background is a display model of the stage two missile engine.

2nd Visit Pictures taken 10 March 2006


Ray with his hand on the KEY in the Launch Control Complex Facilities Console (LCCFC).
This is Me (Ray Plumlee) with my hand on the Commanders launch key.

Ray at the maintenance access to Titan Silo with a maintenance crew working around the missile.
Me (Ray Plumlee) again standing next to the silo's maintenance access.

Chuck was our tour guide. Shown here in the Launch Control Complex Facilities Console (LCCFC).
This was our tour guide Chuck showing us the Launch Control Complex Facilities Console (LCCFC)

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key turning: David Strickler from House Springs MO.u.s.a. Oustanding 2 of 2
Memories: David C Belmont from USA Oustanding 1 of 1
Topside Security System (the "tipsies"): C J McCarthy from Colorado Springs, CO Oustanding 1 of 1
Good Work Ray: Adolf H from Rio De Jurino, Brazill Oustanding 1 of 1
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