Silo Names?

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Re: Silo Names?

Postby D Preidis on Fri Jun 13, 2008 7:00 pm

jhnbollinger wrote:I remember C-0 at Grand Forks had Garfield all over the place with snappy little quips.

I can't be C-0! I was a crew dog there for most of my four years and don't remember it.

Is my memory failing that bad?!
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Re: Silo Names?

Postby PASMAN II on Sat Jun 14, 2008 12:13 pm

D Preidis wrote:
jhnbollinger wrote:I remember C-0 at Grand Forks had Garfield all over the place with snappy little quips.

I can't be C-0! I was a crew dog there for most of my four years and don't remember it.

Is my memory failing that bad?!



Heh! I think C-0 was The Deep C, with some octopussy lurking about.

I'm pretty sure G-0 was Garfield, the pussycat.

The only thing they had in common was pussy. Get it?

Nevermind.
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Re: Silo Names?

Postby D Preidis on Sat Jun 14, 2008 10:10 pm

PASMAN wrote:Heh! I think C-0 was The Deep C, with some octopussy lurking about.

I'm pretty sure G-0 was Garfield, the pussycat.

The only thing they had in common was pussy. Get it?

Nevermind.

You are right! It was G-0 that had Garfield. Charlie was my home for so much of my time in Deuce that I would have remembered Garfield there.

I wonder if someone kept the letter from Jim Davis allowing G-0 to use the Garfield likeness on site?
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Re: Silo Names?

Postby jhnbollinger on Sun Jun 15, 2008 2:21 pm

As i think back, after all its been 24 years since i left. Gulf-0 had the garfield, you are correct sir. The only other alternative is to drive the 1000 miles, scale the fence and kick in the doors to verify what site had him.......Thanks John
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Re: Silo Names?

Postby hockey85 on Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:01 pm

The University of North Dakota library archives (and I'm sure Grand Forks AFB) has a book on all the art that was found in Wing VI's capsules and in the HQ building. They took a bunch of pictures of it all before site deactivation, although they are only black and white. I would hope there are color pictures somewhere. I remember Charlie being the Deep "C" with the ocean theme, and I do remember Garfield at Golf, just to confirm your assumptions. I took notes on which capsule has which art, but its packed away right now because the movers just got here a couple days ago.

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Re: Silo Names?

Postby SAC Killer on Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:34 pm

In the 80s there was quite a bit of artwork painted onto the walls of the SAGE building first floor, in maintenance turf. One of the troops was excellent at it and while he was a 3-level with time on his hands, he painted up many a wall while waiting for his 5-level. Also in the OMMS building, in MMT territory, there was a cool cartoon of a PT convoy on the wall. The troops loved it. But then they got an NCOIC who just didn't get it and he had it painted over.

Speaking of the PTs, although I never saw anything in them that could be officially considered "art," at least one of them had graffiti. Written on the interior was "on the third day we went to the LCEB," a monument by a team that got stuck on an LF when a massive blizzard hit. It was carefully preserved by the teams, until one day it was accidentally painted over by a greenhorn who did not understand the significance.
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Re: Silo Names?

Postby J Davis on Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:44 am

The 3rd and 1/2 floor conference room in bldg 306 had a nice mural on a wall.

As best as I can remember:

B-0 had a casper ghost; and two harness wearing techincians circled in red with a slash through them inside the LCC by the blast door (LFA territory)

D-0 was Dodge City. The tunnel shaft was painted black with "gold" nuggets glued to the wall. Last time I was down there, the site had been shut down for quite a while, no ECS for a while, and the crew chairs were covered in a nice gray and green velvet of mold.

G-0 had the putting green...very cool!

J-0 had the "dragon" of the 447th inside

N-0 had the "window" with nice outdoor picture to the right of the 160v Battery Charger.
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Re: Silo Names?

Postby SAC Killer on Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:34 am

J Davis wrote:N-0 had the "window" with nice outdoor picture to the right of the 160v Battery Charger.


I like that! The Tech Engineering section in maintenance also had a window. They were inside the blockhouse. But they had a complete window, frame, glass, curtains, and everything. And the window looked at a scene of scuba divers with complete with bubbles, fins, goggles, and flares. I had forgotten all about that until you mentioned an indoor window looking outside. Thanks for the memory!
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Re: Silo Names?

Postby Tommy33 on Wed Sep 03, 2008 1:51 pm

I found it amusing how the Tango-41 site in the 564th was named Boeing's Finest when in fact that system was built by sylvania
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Re: Silo Names?

Postby banjodog on Sun Sep 21, 2008 5:11 am

Tommy33 wrote:I found it amusing how the Tango-41 site in the 564th was named Boeing's Finest when in fact that system was built by sylvania

Or maybe they're referring to T-41 the ILCS MNX trainer, built by Boeing. Back in my day it was located in some building near bldg 500.
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Re: Silo Names?

Postby hockey85 on Sun Sep 21, 2008 8:37 pm

Looking at the Nuclear Heartland book published by Nukewatch, the people who named all our missile sites, Tango-43 is actually the LF they called, "Boeings Finest." Tango-41 is called, "Compassion's Mortuary."


Its funny, because I pull alert at what Nukewatch calls, "The Moscow Group of Trust" (Bravo-01), "Nuclear Train Campaign" (Charlie-01), "Green Party (Delta-01), and "New Zealand Nuclear Free" (Echo-01). Not very "cool" names for MAFs.


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Re: Silo Names?

Postby J Davis on Sun Sep 21, 2008 11:20 pm

The TLF at Grand Forks was the T-41 trainer, and the classroom trainer for tapeload/startups was the T-48. Sure they were trainers for a Sylvania system, however, they were Boeing trainers and Boeing held a "maintenance" contract for the software/hardware (computer related) components.

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Re: Silo Names?

Postby hockey85 on Sun Sep 21, 2008 11:38 pm

I was referring to the 564th MS LF's at Malmstrom. They were Deuce as well and had, Papa through Tango flights.

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Re: Silo Names?

Postby annefay on Tue Sep 30, 2008 5:27 am

SAC Killer wrote:
J Davis wrote:N-0 had the "window" with nice outdoor picture to the right of the 160v Battery Charger.


I like that! The Tech Engineering section in maintenance also had a window. They were inside the blockhouse. But they had a complete window, frame, glass, curtains, and everything. And the window looked at a scene of scuba divers with complete with bubbles, fins, goggles, and flares. I had forgotten all about that until you mentioned an indoor window looking outside. Thanks for the memory!


I lived in the GF TEB office from late 1978 to early 1982. It was a great window. The only thing we had to make sure of was to keep it straight and level. Otherwise the water would run out. :)
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Re: Silo Names?

Postby ornurse362 on Tue Sep 30, 2008 2:33 pm

Hello Anne, this is Dan. I think I remember you. I was a SMO, FMT Shop Chief, CE Quality Control, then Shops Branch Chief before I got GLCMized.

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I lived in the GF TEB office from late 1978 to early 1982. It was a great window. The only thing we had to make sure of was to keep it straight and level. Otherwise the water would run out. :)
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