Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

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Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

Postby Capt. Bill on Tue Feb 16, 2010 3:47 am

Hard to believe that the first LCCs in the 741st were going down at Minot for the MOD and G missile this time 40 years. Hotel actually went down in January 1970 and as I remember came back on alert in June 1970. Forty years seems so long ago now but I was there.
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Re: Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

Postby DaneTrain on Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:27 pm

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Re: Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

Postby Capt. Bill on Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:53 am

DaneTrain wrote:I'm looking around in the capsule now.

Yes, I can believe this is about 40 years old. ;)


Come on, Warren is Wing V so it is the newest of the Boeing sites.
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Re: Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

Postby SAC Killer on Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:48 am

ICBMGuy wrote:What scares me is that MMIII is expected to continue until 2030!!! To be replaced with what??? That, we don't know!!!!


Well, the Goony Bird, BUF, KC-135, Atlas and Thor are still flying, so the MInuteman is in good company.
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Re: Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

Postby JP2323 on Sun Feb 21, 2010 12:57 am

I think this carpet is as old as the site, I think were due for some RM maint. in the LCC's
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Re: Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

Postby Capt. Bill on Sun Feb 21, 2010 1:48 am

JP2323 wrote:I think this carpet is as old as the site, I think were due for some RM maint. in the LCC's


Carpet is not as old as the site, they didn't have carpet in my day just hard cold floor panels. No acoustical curtains on the ceiling, or curtains around the bunk. And TV? None of that either. Even on base you could only get two TV stations out of Minot, as I remember the Mayor owned one of the channels so forget about cable.
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Re: Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

Postby Capt. Bill on Sun Feb 21, 2010 5:33 pm

Here is a picture someone put on Facebook of Charlie at Minot. The date is probably late 80s. As you can see in the picture, no carpet.


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Re: Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

Postby Cancellier on Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:19 pm

We had carpet in the '90s, but it was new and not part of the WS. The squadrons ponied up the money out of their O&M budget. Vandenberg capsules never got it. We never had headliners in Deuce. We did have the nuclear hardened bed modification. I think that was pretty new too. We still called it the Bed Mod.
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Re: Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

Postby D Preidis on Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:34 pm

Cancellier wrote:We had carpet in the '90s, but it was new and not part of the WS. The squadrons ponied up the money out of their O&M budget. Vandenberg capsules never got it. We never had headliners in Deuce. We did have the nuclear hardened bed modification. I think that was pretty new too. We still called it the Bed Mod.

Bed Mod? I left Grand Forks in Nov 1992 and we still had the old metal beds bolted to the floor with a curtain around it.

Did they do something different after that?
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Re: Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

Postby Cancellier on Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:10 pm

I thought it was new. Anyway, the 'Bed Mod' was a huge welded aluminum enclosure. It was carpeted with lights and fans inside and storage in the bottom. There was a acoustic/blackout curtain around the front. It sat next to the 160v BCG across from the air conditioner. I think in REACT they moved it to the position the Commander's Console was in.
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Re: Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

Postby hockey85 on Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:51 pm

Cancellier wrote:I think in REACT they moved it to the position the Commander's Console was in.


For REACT-A they moved the bed mod to the position of the old commander's console, but for REACT-B they left the bed mod in place. The space where the old commander's console used to be was just left wide open.
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Re: Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

Postby philip on Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:16 am

wblakeney wrote:Here is a picture someone put on Facebook of Charlie at Minot. The date is probably late 80s. As you can see in the picture, no carpet.


I pulled many an alert in Charlie with Oppie, and it never looked like that in MMI. When was the mod done, any ideas?
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Re: Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

Postby Capt. Bill on Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:53 am

philip wrote:
wblakeney wrote:Here is a picture someone put on Facebook of Charlie at Minot. The date is probably late 80s. As you can see in the picture, no carpet.


I pulled many an alert in Charlie with Oppie, and it never looked like that in MMI. When was the mod done, any ideas?


The crew member who posted that listed his service time as 1984 to 1989 so I am guessing that is the time frame. Don't forget when we were there Command Data Buffer had not come in yet.

I was suprised they left the bunk when the MOD was done since both crew members had to be awake when MM III first went on line.

For others "Oppie" is Paul Openhym, my first commander when I moved to MM III. He was my commander on that 3 bird FOTE launch with me. After I tranined him, Philip got him.
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Re: Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

Postby philip on Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:12 am

> For others "Oppie" is Paul Openhym, my first commander when I moved to MM III. He
> was my commander on that 3 bird FOTE launch with me. After I tranined him, Philip got him.

That's the other way around. Paul and I were among the last ACP crews on MM I. I was his last MM I deputy, then I upgraded to commander in MM III.
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Re: Can you believe MM III is 40 years old

Postby D Preidis on Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:58 pm

Cancellier wrote:I thought it was new. Anyway, the 'Bed Mod' was a huge welded aluminum enclosure. It was carpeted with lights and fans inside and storage in the bottom. There was a acoustic/blackout curtain around the front. It sat next to the 160v BCG across from the air conditioner. I think in REACT they moved it to the position the Commander's Console was in.

You got there the year after I left for the DNA. It must have been new since the last capsule I inspected in late 1992 (I was the Acting Chief of Safety) had the old steel frame bed and curtain in that same location. Those were the same beds you could find in any barracks back in the 70s and early 80s before they started treating the enlisted troops on base better.
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