Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

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Re: Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

Postby dleslie on Mon Jun 21, 2010 5:34 pm

I can't help but take a shot putting a date on the photo of the Minot Charile LCC on the first page. Others have said 'late 80's'.

I was a DMCC at Charlie from late 86 through mid 87. I'll date that photo as being from that timeframe. The carpet went in during my time at Charlie, so this is no later than summer of 87. I'm pretty sure I see SACDIN to the right of the deputy's console; that went in during my DMCC days. So, it has to be mid 86 or later. Thus, late 86 to early 87.
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Re: Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

Postby Piquet on Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:31 pm

I think you're about right being from 86-88 timeframe. I pulled alerts in Minot from 83-86 and again from 99-01. The addition of carpeting (both on the floor and ceiling) made a huge improvement in noise reduction. I used to wear earplugs 24 hours a day; it is no longer necessary.
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Re: Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

Postby rkfoos on Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:55 pm

With the exception of the SACDIN, which replaced SACCS, the picture is of the Charlie SCP configuration from all of my time at Minot ('79 - '84). The SACDIN came in after I left and then the carpet upgrades. The large black type-writer thing is MILSATCOM terminal. The bed is actually in front of the EACU; the depth in the photo is a little deceiving. You can just make out the front edge of the prison toilet behind the MILSATCOM terminal. The commander's console would be behind the camera as the picture is being taken.

Brings back some good memories, although I did not like going out to Charlie; I liked India better and Mike was the pits.

Thanks for the trip back in time.
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Re: Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

Postby Piquet on Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:49 pm

The worst thing about alerts at Mike was that it wasn't even a real SCP. I think they called it a PSCP. So it had the same equipment as a normal LCC, but you had to be "ACP" qualified. Therefore, if you were a 742nd crew and pulled all your alerts at Mike, and then one month they send you to India, you walk in the capsule and think "what's all this equipment?" And this from the crew in charge of the wing!
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Re: Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

Postby Capt. Bill on Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:35 pm

Piquet wrote:The worst thing about alerts at Mike was that it wasn't even a real SCP. I think they called it a PSCP. So it had the same equipment as a normal LCC, but you had to be "ACP" qualified. Therefore, if you were a 742nd crew and pulled all your alerts at Mike, and then one month they send you to India, you walk in the capsule and think "what's all this equipment?" And this from the crew in charge of the wing!


Early 70s I was qualified to work at Mike but not Charlie or India. Mike was a primary squadron command post (PSCP) and the only thing they had different from the other LCCs was an EMPS detector plus they got to keep the soft HF antenna.
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Re: Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

Postby rkfoos on Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:12 pm

Yep, definitely did not like going to Mike. I got my start in the 741st and so learned the SCP biz at India. When I went into the shops, I really tried to avoid the 742 LCCs; there was just something about them that wasn't right. When I was the DOV scheduler, you can bet I never put myself in the 742nd except for my last alert at Oscar.

It always seemed like the wierd, off-the-wall stuff always happened in the 742nd. Like the real-life creeping blast valves with LIAL required to start the EACU thing, the LF that went enabled out of the blue as the can was dying, the random LF status outs, and then the whole haunted LF thing. Just best to avoid the extras out there.

Have a great AF day!

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Re: Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

Postby dpan on Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:25 pm

And of course we maintenance guys kept the Oscar crews busy with trips to our training LFs. It was mostly O-7 during my time there.
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Re: Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

Postby Capt. Bill on Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:27 pm

dpan wrote:And of course we maintenance guys kept the Oscar crews busy with trips to our training LFs. It was mostly O-7 during my time there.


I worked at Oscar for a year, 1969 to 1971, training LF was Oscar 6
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