565th Strategic Missile Squadron

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565th Strategic Missile Squadron

Postby Atlas D MMT on Wed Sep 07, 2011 4:56 am

The photos in this post were taken in the Summer of 1964 at the 565th Strategic Missile Squadron Complex-C, FE Warren AFB, Wyoming. . The 565th SMS had been deactivated and we were de-mating Atlas 59D from Launch and Service Building C-2. Atlas 59D (58-2230) was then loaded on a Douglas C-133B Cargomaster for shipment to Vandenberg AFB, CA and launched on 1-Jul-65 from 576th B-1.

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Re: 565th Strategic Missile Squadron

Postby SAC Killer on Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:29 pm

All ICBMs (indeed, all missiles) must be handled with care to prevent damage, but I've always been astounded by how fragile the Atlas is. That thin skin and your need to keep it pressurized! It must have been a real bear to handle out on the sites.

Thanks for sharing these shots.
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Re: 565th Strategic Missile Squadron

Postby Capt. Bill on Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:02 pm

When I visited Norton AFB in 1968 as part of an AFROTC summer camp visit they showed us the Atlas missiles in storage. They made a point of the fact they had to keep the missiles pressurized with nitrogen.
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Re: 565th Strategic Missile Squadron

Postby Atlas D MMT on Thu Sep 08, 2011 1:14 am

When the Atlas-D was on site in the Launch and Service Building (LSB) they were pressurized with Helium.

It was easy in the LSB or in the Missile Assembly Building (MAB) to control the pressure. The difficulty was in the C-133B with aircraft pressurization changes or when transporting the missile in Summer or Winter with outside temperature fluctuations
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Re: 565th Strategic Missile Squadron

Postby SAC Killer on Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:14 pm

How did you transport it from support base to the site? Was it in a container, so you could more easily control the pressure?
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Re: 565th Strategic Missile Squadron

Postby Atlas D MMT on Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:52 am

In the photo below is Atlas-34D being delivered to the 564th SMS, FE Warren AFB, Wyoming on 28 Sep-59. It was transported by convoy from Convair in San Diego, CA to Cheyenne. The first missile delivered by air was Atlas 35D on 3-Nov-59. Both these photos show the missiles covered with a canvas cover. When I arrived at FE Warren in June 1961 we never used the covers. There are also photos of covered missiles being transported by road to Cape Canaveral from San Diego.

The only container we ever used was the C-133B when we shipped to Vandenberg. There was always an MMT on board that escorted the missile to provide tank watch. When a missile was loaded in cold weather we would try to keep the temperature of the C-133 cargo bay low to stabilize the tank pressures. Hot Summer days on the highway were also interesting.


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Re: 565th Strategic Missile Squadron

Postby DaneTrain on Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:55 pm

Highway 85?

I like the fact that I see no other military vehicles around it. Seems like you want a few. Also, I like the "Home of CFD and the Atlas ICBM." Goes to show how important CFD is over the mission.
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Re: 565th Strategic Missile Squadron

Postby Atlas D MMT on Sat Sep 10, 2011 3:09 pm

Highway US 87 US 85 was to the East between Greeley and Cheyenne.
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Re: 565th Strategic Missile Squadron

Postby hockey85 on Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:07 pm

Atlas D MMT,

Awesome pictures! Thank you for posting and providing the information that you have. It is fascinating to see and learn about the Atlas D. :D

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