Interesting Minuteman I/Early Minuteman Video

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Interesting Minuteman I/Early Minuteman Video

Postby njh621 on Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:35 am

Found this while searching videos on Google:
http://www.realmilitaryflix.com/public/856.cfm

It shows what appears to me (disclaimer: my knowledge on the Minuteman system is limited, so I might have mis-identified this) an early Minuteman I capsule. Includes a very nice introduction and an MPT launch scene, as well as LF maintenance. The launch sequence includes enabling an LF at what later became the VRSA. You also get a good look at the really early deputy's console (to borrow a Titan II term). Wonder what that huge locking bar across the equipment rack is for? Anyways, just thought you guys might find it interesting.
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Re: Interesting Minuteman I/Early Minuteman Video

Postby banjodog on Thu Nov 04, 2010 6:47 am

njh621 wrote:You also get a good look at the really early deputy's console (to borrow a Titan II term). Wonder what that huge locking bar across the equipment rack is for?


We called it a deputy's console as well. My guess about the bar is it's a Vandenberg-specific thing; if it was found at operational bases, it was upgraded out of existance by the time I arrived.

I also noticed in the beginning of the video that the commander's pocket rocket didn't have the ops designator around it.
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Re: Interesting Minuteman I/Early Minuteman Video

Postby Capt. Bill on Thu Nov 04, 2010 3:55 pm

Being a MM I guy and having been on a FOTE launch, I found the video very interesting. This is a MM I capsule, the 10 lights on the LSIP tells you that plus the red cover enable switches. The FOTE launch sequence was not totally right, probably due to editing. At one point they show two crews in the LCC but the missile launches after just one key turn. It took two crews and changing the LCP to launch.

We had the locking bar over the drawer with deputy's coop launch in the field also. I don't know who had the key but the crews didn't. I assume it was locked to prevent someone from accessing the deputy's switch and wiring it so one person could turn both keys. You can see part of the bar in this pic of Golf-01 at Minot.

Some rather senior officers on crew in the early 60s.

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Re: Interesting Minuteman I/Early Minuteman Video

Postby banjodog on Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:36 pm

Here's another old MM video from 1967 @ Malmstrom. Doesn't state which LCC though:

http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675037568_Minuteman-control-center_Colonel-Rex-Doughton_crew-commanders_ammunition
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Re: Interesting Minuteman I/Early Minuteman Video

Postby Capt. Bill on Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:18 am

The 67 Malmstrom video is interesting. We didn't have tape recorders at Minot in 1969, not sure if they were ever there. You get a good view of the locking bar over the deputy's coop launch switch. We never had baseball caps or hard hats either.
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Re: Interesting Minuteman I/Early Minuteman Video

Postby MM Tech on Sat Nov 06, 2010 5:13 am

The Boeing LCC looks almost spacious in the '67 Malmstrom film, certainly as compared to the way they later became with a great deal of additional equipment in place.....
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Re: Interesting Minuteman I/Early Minuteman Video

Postby Capt. Bill on Tue Nov 09, 2010 5:27 am

MM Tech wrote:The Boeing LCC looks almost spacious in the '67 Malmstrom film, certainly as compared to the way they later became with a great deal of additional equipment in place.....


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Re: Interesting Minuteman I/Early Minuteman Video

Postby philip on Thu Nov 11, 2010 12:43 am

The crew commander at Malmstrom was a tanker pilot! I wonder what happened that he got put on the crew force?
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Re: Interesting Minuteman I/Early Minuteman Video

Postby Capt. Bill on Thu Nov 11, 2010 4:38 am

philip wrote:The crew commander at Malmstrom was a tanker pilot! I wonder what happened that he got put on the crew force?


Maybe career broadening? Early missiles selection was probably different than by 1969 when I got there.

I don't remember the SAT team being there to check and open the gate. We called the FSC on the phone and opening the gate was the deputy's job.
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