November-1

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November-1

Postby MAF_FM on Sun Mar 25, 2007 3:12 am

For your viewing pleasure....

http://eyeball-series.org/n1/n1-eyeball.htm

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Postby hockey85 on Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:09 am

For your viewing pleasure as well... this site has archived photographs going back to the 60's depending on what topic you search for. http://www.dodmedia.osd.mil/
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Re: November-1

Postby distantsmoke on Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:25 pm

The very first picture at the top appears to be a simulator. Otherwise there would be a bed at the back where you see a blank wall. Also the room appears to be too square to be an actual capsule. Not to mention all that empty space at the back that isn't filled with equipment, etc, etc.........

(I was in the 319th in the early '90s. We did the transition from CDB to REACT, so I served in both types of capsules.)
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Re: November-1

Postby Tooch on Sun Oct 12, 2008 1:55 pm

Wow, what a blast from the past! great site. I was on crew at FE Warren from 97-00. I know both of the guys in the LCC pictures.

Pulling alerts at those capsules was no fun when the MAF was undergoing mod. They would set up a trailer on site that would act as the FSCs office.

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Re: November-1

Postby TechnukelRiter on Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:24 pm

Good old N-01, home of the worst water ever. Of course if you just scan the countryside and notice all the oil wells on the horizon, you can fully understand why the water from the well would be highly questionable. Trust me...if you work there now or ever, take your own water. Filters which were normally checked/changed in the water room weekly at other sites were changed multiple times per day there.

At one point in time, the Air Force had it all lined up to bring New Raymer, Colorado city water into the site. All that was left was a meeting between the base big wigs and the local royalty to seal the deal. Apparently the then-commander of the 321st Missile Squadron somehow offended the New Raymer mayor and the whole deal went down in flames.

One of the all-time best-ever missile field tricks supposedly went down on this site back in the day. Apparently someone had brought steaks out to the field and a site cook-out was about to happen. A call was made downstairs to ask the crew how they'd like their steaks cooked and the crusty old FM (long-ago retired, but still quite the jokester) was a little perturbed by the crew commander's request. See, this guy liked his steaks rare and went on and on to describe how if his steak was over-cooked, he'd be quite upset. Well, if you've ever been to good old N-01, you know there are lots of cattle free-ranging the area. It was a pretty easy mission for the FM and ART to wrangle a calf, escort it downstairs, and leave it in the T.J. as the ultimate display of barely-cooked beef. I think the only drawback to the joke was the calf made a few deposits on the T.J. carpet, which is a small sacrifice for such mirthful activities. I can't even imagine the amount of trouble someone would get in for a similar stunt nowadays.

I have lots of fond memories of N-01.
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Re: November-1

Postby Tooch on Tue Oct 14, 2008 2:28 am

The water at November may have been awful, but I don't remember the arsenic warnings there like we had at Kilo.

Never heard the calf story. Must have been before my time.
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Re: November-1

Postby SAC Killer on Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:58 pm

At the risk of starting a "worst water war," I have to vote for D-01 at Malmstrom. The site water there was so bad it was officially declared non-potable. Water was trucked in. There was a big can of it in the capsule and of course more upstairs.

At Malmstrom, second worst was J-01. The water there was officially potable but so full of sulfer taking a sip of it would just about make you barf. Literally.
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Re: November-1

Postby TechnukelRiter on Tue Oct 14, 2008 3:21 pm

I think this was way before your time Tooch. I got to the 90th in 1989 and the calf incident happened before I was there. I think I know one of the Minuteman guys in the pictures...Spence? I don't know the other one, but Spence was in the 321st if I recollect correctly.

No worst water war SAC Killer. I should've said worst water in the 90th. I spent a lot of time with the FM Supers from both Minot and Malmstrom during the last couple of years of my career and know the water woes were felt everywhere.
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