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Titan Missile: Titans of SAC

Titan Missile: Titans of SAC

Desert flatlands outside Tucson, Arizona.
The site of a second-generation missile, Titan II. This is the first time Titan II
has been filmed. It is the most powerful of the nation’s ICBMs. It carries several
megatons of nuclear destruction packed behind this metal shell. A cataclysm
reserved for the most deeply buried enemy targets. In modified form Titan II
is expected to launch two-man astronaut teams on Gemini orbital flights. Titan II
is simpler than Titan I — a diesel locomotive compared to an obsolete steam
engine. Titan II does not have to be lifted to ground level. It blasts off
from deep inside its silo. The underground support area is compact. Nothing like
that subway at Times Square. There is no ground guidance system or guidances
aboard the missile. The missile requires no liquid oxygen with all of its headaches,
refrigerated storage tanks, and 11th-hour fueling. Titan II uses
newer fuels, hypergolic liquids, which burst into flame as soon as valves open
and the liquids mix. Countdown time is not 15 minutes, but less than one minute. Shock mounting of the entire
installation is standard here at II. Titan II would be a Number 1 enemy
objective. Life in the claustrophobic capsule is a far cry from the soaring
cabin of an eight-jet bomber. But the responsibility is the same. Motivation of
the combat crews is the same. Training is every bit as intense as anywhere else
in SAC. “Attention crew, we have a valid launch order at this time. Would you acknowledge please?” “Roger, deputy.” “This is BMAT.” “MFT.” “All right, Deputy, at this time you have verified that all personnel are clear of the silo area.” “Roger, Commander. Verifying that all personnel are clear of silo area.” “Roger, we have a launch-enable light at this time. Are “batteries activated” lighted? [No audio. Crew continues launch sequence.]

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