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Minot flooding

Postby 13milerunner on Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:32 pm

Has flooding affected the silos or launch control facilites near Minot? Has flooding ever been an issue for MM missle fields before?
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Re: Minot flooding

Postby Capt. Bill on Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:22 pm

13milerunner wrote:Has flooding affected the silos or launch control facilites near Minot? Has flooding ever been an issue for MM missle fields before?


The current problem is river flooding in the cities. LF flooding has always been a problem during the spring thaws mostly due to thawing and refreezing creating ice dams near the LFs. I remember hearing that in the 1960s they cut a road to prevent flooding of an LF.

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Re: Minot flooding

Postby MajorG1000 on Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:58 pm

I heard a rumor that Colonel Ed Payne had been denied flag rank somewhere along the line because a missile got wet during his watch. Whether it is true or apocryphal, is anyone's guess. I heard the story when I was working under him in 44th SMW maintenence in the mid eighties, so it was well before then.
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Re: Minot flooding

Postby 3901smes on Thu Jan 09, 2014 2:46 am

It is true. I don't remember the year but he was the 44SMW DCM. This one LF had a Launch tube sump pump go bad along with the water level sensor. No replacement on hand. In the mean time maintenance teams were dispatched every couple of days to check for water in the LT. Several teams reported no water. It is hard to see water in a 90 foot deep silo with a missile in the tube.

Then one team thought the same and decided to drop a little rock in the tube. Guess what they heard, WATER. When they got a workcage in, they found the water at the top of the first stage. It took many hours to pump that site out.

Interestingly, I believe they test launched that missile at VAFB and it worked SQUEAKILY KLEEN all the way to the target.

I do miss Col Payne. He was a maintenance man's man and a true leader.
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Re: Minot flooding

Postby MajorG1000 on Thu Jan 09, 2014 3:06 am

I miss him too. He swore me in as a "Regular Component" officer. He had some great stories of his days in the Habu as well. As I remember, he was commissioned in June of 1956...a month before I was born.
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Re: Minot flooding

Postby Batman on Sat Jan 18, 2014 7:39 pm

I can remember choppering around the field on flood watch in the Spring in my CTT days in the 44 MIMS. I don't recall any big problems that sandbags and shovels couldn't fix.
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Re: Minot flooding

Postby ornurse362 on Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:01 am

Sandbags, shovels and the occasional blue goose pump.

Batman wrote:I can remember choppering around the field on flood watch in the Spring in my CTT days in the 44 MIMS. I don't recall any big problems that sandbags and shovels couldn't fix.
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Re: Minot flooding

Postby TerrorOfTucson on Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:26 pm

Well, could be worse: see http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html for today.

A friend sent me an e-mail of Russian blizzard pix, which I'd append if I could, but there's no URL for it.
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Re: Minot flooding

Postby Scruge on Thu Jan 23, 2014 5:46 pm

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Re: Minot flooding

Postby TerrorOfTucson on Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:22 pm

No, that's the APOD post I mentioned. I looked for Russki blizzard pix, but couldn't find any to match the e-mailed pix.
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