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Titan Missile Museum: Flame Deflector

Titan Missile Museum: Flame Deflector


Hey everybody. Just wanted to take a
couple minutes to talk about the flame deflector. We’re here on Level 7
underneath the missile. And if we look the other direction, we look down into the
flame deflector. And it’s really just a big wedge of concrete, that big wedge
right there, that directs missile exhaust into the north and south exhaust tunnels.
And, of course, there’s the, one of the water injection nozzles right there, there’s another one right over there. We can actually go down here and get a little
better look. This little platform, crews used to call this the diving board. So let’s
go down there and take a look. [sound of elevator] All right, so we go up this little
stairway right here. Oh, pay attention, pay no attention to that man behind the
curtain. This way, and out on to the diving board. So here you get a really good look at the flame deflector. They used to call this
the W. Well, almost everybody still calls it the W because of the way it looks in
profile. So there’s where we were looking down a minute ago. And there’s
the north and the south exhaust tunnel. Now those make big u-turns and they go
into vertical shafts back to the surface. So let’s go down and have a look up and see what happens. [no audio] It’s a long way down. Don’t slip. That’s a big step. Okay, so here we in the bottom of the flame deflector. From here to the top of the deflector is about 14 feet [4.2 meters]. And you can see again up on Level 7 the flooring is down, right there, and the water injection nozzle and so on. So let’s have a look up the exhaust shaft here and see what we can see. I’m not sure my flashlight is good enough, but… There, you can just see the framework
at the top of the exhaust shaft where we actually covered the vents with
concrete up there to keep people from falling in, which we thought would be bad
for business. And you can also see there are sound attenuation modules here
on the wall of the exhaust shaft as well. So there’s a quick look into the flame deflector. Thanks for watching.


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