Atlas F site visit

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Atlas F site visit

Postby SAC Killer on Sun May 05, 2013 4:48 pm

ICBM maintenance has a Facebook page, and somebody posted this very interesting web page there. Lots of photos of an Atlas F site in its current condition. Meaning, huge amounts of rust!
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=340815
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Re: Atlas F site visit

Postby banjodog on Mon May 06, 2013 4:18 am

Since Minuteman has been online much longer than Atlas, I wonder if any of the existing MM sites will ever rust. They have numerous layers of paint on them.
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Re: Atlas F site visit

Postby ornurse362 on Mon May 06, 2013 7:08 pm

Oh, some Minuteman sites do rust.

banjodog wrote:Since Minuteman has been online much longer than Atlas, I wonder if any of the existing MM sites will ever rust. They have numerous layers of paint on them.
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Re: Atlas F site visit

Postby TerrorOfTucson on Wed May 08, 2013 4:36 pm

Of course, the Atlas sites have been left alone to rust. Water seepage, no powered sump pumps...
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Re: Atlas F site visit

Postby SAC Killer on Wed May 08, 2013 11:20 pm

Minuteman sites do rust, but only certain parts. Once at El Forko Grande, we needed to do a can change at a site. But the launcher closure lock pin, which came up from underneath, would not retract into the bathtub. The door hadn't been opened in 3 years. Breaking it loose was a depot job. So the guy from Ogden showed up and we headed out to the site. Half the wing leadership was there to watch. One of our teams hooked a 5-ton chain hoist up and started to pull. The pin finally came free with a huge BOOM! and it rained, literally rained, big flakes of rust down on us. A LOT of rust.
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Re: Atlas F site visit

Postby TerrorOfTucson on Thu May 09, 2013 11:39 pm

Titan sites could rust, but D-M being somewhere between really dry except for the summer thunderstorms, and really really dry--well, not much of a problem.
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