Minuteman: From Design to Delivery

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Minuteman: From Design to Delivery

Postby njh621 on Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:43 am

Interesting video showing Minuteman design, construction, and installation. Has some footage of contractors installing the OGE at an LF, testing equipment, etc. Interesting stuff.

Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmSUoVJ1im0
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Re: Minuteman: From Design to Delivery

Postby Capt. Bill on Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:26 pm

I finally got around to watching this video. As an old Minuteman I guy I found it very interesting.
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Re: Minuteman: From Design to Delivery

Postby Capt. Bill on Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:33 pm

Those of you who never pulled alert in the old Minuteman I LCCs in the 1960s and early 1970s have no idea of what it was like. Cold, noisy because of no sound curtains or floor carpet. No TV or radios, just a few lights to look at. You were basically alone because 80% of the time one crew member was asleep. I only saw my fellow crew member at change over and meals. When I started they didn't even have curtains around the bunk, we made our own out of blankets.
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Re: Minuteman: From Design to Delivery

Postby SAC Killer on Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:30 pm

WS-133A-M was the same in the 70s, except sleep wasn't authorized. There was no curtain around the bed. With all the extra comms I don't think the ACP even had a bed; just a foldable cot. In the mid-70s we finally got a little TV and an AM radio. The TV didn't connect to cable, so you got one, maybe two, channels, always with snow; at least that's how it was in 490SMS. And the TV was in a shielded box. When the door was closed you couldn't see the screen very well, nor could you hear it over the forced air and M-G. So the crews routinely violated tech data and tied the door open with bungee. It was only closed when Standboard or the brass was on site. In those days the TV was mounted above and to the right of the MCCC console. The radio was between the two consoles with a speaker above each console.
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Re: Minuteman: From Design to Delivery

Postby TerrorOfTucson on Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:56 pm

Whiteman got them in '76 or '77; no TVs when I got on crew in September of '75. And a dang small TV it was, in its aluminum box.

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Re: Minuteman: From Design to Delivery

Postby Capt. Bill on Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:11 pm

I think Minot got the bed curtains around 1970 or early 1971. I went into the Mod system in 1971 when MM III came in at Minot. No sleeping but the bed was left in the LCC and I can't say for sure but the old MM I crews might have a nap or two. :)
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Re: Minuteman: From Design to Delivery

Postby SAC Killer on Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:30 pm

When I got to El Forko in maintenance my first job was as a Site Maintenance Officer (SMO), which SAC invented to replace the CTT officers. We called ourselves Shmoos after the Al Capp cartoon character. Anyway, just about the first call I got was from a flight commander deputy who wanted me to fix his bed curtain.

Um, no. Don't know how to sew. And you don't need the curtain to sleep anyway. In Deuce the bed was totally away from the consoles. Not like in Mod.

And then he wanted me to get a steam cleaner and clean the capsule liner.

Um, no. The engineer in me cringed at the thought of what dumping that much humidity into an enclosed space would do to electronics which had been drying out since they were installed.

Plus I didn't want to do it anyway. If SAC had cared about grunge on the liner, it would have mentioned it during a 3901 eval.
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Re: Minuteman: From Design to Delivery

Postby Capt. Bill on Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:39 pm

I remember a while back someone made the comment that he bet the carpet in his Minuteman LCC had been there since the site was built. Sigh, I only remember hard cold floors.
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Re: Minuteman: From Design to Delivery

Postby Odie on Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:55 am

I sucks enough when they take out the carpet for heavy LCC maintenance. And that's with the liner still there.

I can't quite imagine pulling alert sans carpet and liner. Amazing what a couple of relatively simple things do.
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Re: Minuteman: From Design to Delivery

Postby Capt. Bill on Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:43 am

Odie wrote:I sucks enough when they take out the carpet for heavy LCC maintenance. And that's with the liner still there.

I can't quite imagine pulling alert sans carpet and liner. Amazing what a couple of relatively simple things do.


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Re: Minuteman: From Design to Delivery

Postby Odie on Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:01 am

I know. And if needed, I would to.

Perhaps I was over dramatic, but I was more saying how such simple little things make such a big difference.
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Re: Minuteman: From Design to Delivery

Postby SAC Killer on Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:36 am

Capt. Bill wrote:I remember a while back someone made the comment that he bet the carpet in his Minuteman LCC had been there since the site was built. Sigh, I only remember hard cold floors.


Yep; just cold hard floors. And supposedly the seats we had in MMM were old B-47 seats, presumably refurbished and then installed in the capsules. By the time I started using them the padding wasn't that great any more. And the UHF radio was supposedly from old submarines. Never knew whether those were true. But they worked. Most of the time.
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Re: Minuteman: From Design to Delivery

Postby Capt. Bill on Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:43 am

And the toliet/sink was the exact same ones as in prisons. Thats from films not personal experience.
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