Well my wife and I received a personal tour of Oscar-01 on Whiteman A.F.B. yesterday. The curator /Staff Sergent that oversee's this facility and all static displays on the base gave us one of the best tours I've ever experienced. It was so laid back, giving all the official information and answering our questions. While Oscar is special because the LCSB was not the same size as the rest of the missile field MAF's it was very interesting to go below, check out the elevator shaft, operate the shaft blast door, LCSB, LCC and just be able to look, take pictures. All the while knowing that this was once one of the most secured places in America... not that it was all that easy to get on Whiteman for the tour.
I have tried to explain to my wife the "coolness factor" of the pods below and what all there was to the LCF but it all just kinda missed with her. When she got there she just lit up and it all made sense. I think she drove the poor Staff Sergent crazy with all her questions and interuptions of his guided tour. Again, he was really great and very accomidating. I wish that more museums were this interesting and interactive. The wife got to turn "the key" while I took her pic... we both said "Bye-bye Ruskies"
when she did it. This was truely fun, educational and forfilling to have experienced this tour.
It would have been a tragady had these facilities closed without any being kept as museums for future generations to marvel and imagine what it may have been like to serve our country during the heat of the cold war (and today) in a tube some 50 feet down.
Thank you to those of you that served and continue to serve.
USN 87-91 Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Three (VQ-3) & (MoANG) Air Force brat