John Mollison Draws The Titan II; Needs Help

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John Mollison Draws The Titan II; Needs Help

Postby TerrorOfTucson on Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:54 am

At the Coffee House, John Mollison is asking assistance to help him correctly draw all our missiles (MMIII done, MMI/MMM in progress) and he's starting on Our Mighty Missile. Those of you with lots of silo time, BMATs, MFTs, and Maintainers had more opportunity and time to look at the birds and can answer these questions: Did they have SAC emblems or markings, or any star&bars (like airplanes) on them? I'm pretty sure U S AIR FORCE was painted down the side; it's on the museum bird.

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Re: John Mollison Draws The Titan II; Needs Help

Postby njh621 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:03 pm

Early in the program some of the test missiles had white-painted RVs, and N-10 (the Sheppard training airframe, now installed at 571-7) has a white-and-black painted Stage II with the USAF roundel, with "US AIR FORCE" painted on Stage I.

I'll start pulling archive photographs from the museum. :D
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Re: John Mollison Draws The Titan II; Needs Help

Postby silo warrior on Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:57 pm

When I was in the 390th 78-82 none of our birds had any markings. I was told when they were first deployed they did have U. S. AIR FORCE and a SAC emblem on them. We were told that all that was removed for the same reason they did not paint the fuel tank on the Space Shuttle, weight. I find it hard to believe that lettering would add that much weight to the bird but I am not an engineer. Anyway at the end there were no markings on the bird other than stamped serial numbers on certian items.

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Re: John Mollison Draws The Titan II; Needs Help

Postby jimmymac on Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:38 pm

I don't remember any "painting" on the birds at McConnell, 1967 - 1970. Someone said it took 8 pounds of fuel to lift 1 pound of payload. I figured we would just rather send a bigger bomb.

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Re: John Mollison Draws The Titan II; Needs Help

Postby sherwood on Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:35 pm

None of the 308th birds I saw (all the 373rd except for 3-1 and neither of the birds at 374-1 and 374-7) had any markings between the end of '71 and the end of '74.

My own firm impression is that no LRAFB alert birds had exterior airframe paint.

It was just the natural metal finish.
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