Peacekeeper

Copyright 2013-2017, Scott D. Murdock


Francis E. Warren AFB controlled these 55 properties -- 5 Launch Control Facilities (LCFs) and 50 Launch Facilities (LFs) -- as one-fourth of its larger missile field. (The other 15 LCFs and 150 LFs are still in active service.) These sites were designated and assigned in 1963, and housed Minuteman I missiles for their first decade of use. By early 1975 the missiles had been replaced with the newer Minuteman III. During 1986-1988 these facilities gained America's newest ICBM, the Peacekeeper. The Peacekeeper missiles were phased out from 2002-2005, and these facilities have sat empty since then. As of late 2013, elimination of the sites is underway.

I first visited the five Peacekeeper LCFs in 2010. Then, as my travels took me north through Wyoming I visited the LFs a few at a time. It was a breakfast meeting with missile site researcher Jim Kirkpatrick that spurred me on to complete these visits while the sites were still reasonably intact. I modified my summer travel plans to finish the visits promptly. These facilities are in beautiful country, in an area of Wyoming I affectionately refer to as the Gravel Triangle.

As I was wrapping up my visits, the Air Force released this Media Advisory discussing the elimination of the Peacekeeper silos. In one case, LF P-03, I caught an earth mover at the site with evidence of destruction visible inside the fence. Another Air Force News Feature explains the expended 5.56mm blanks and M18 smoke grenades seen outside the fence of LF T-09. To learn more about the Peacekeeper facilities, and all other U.S. ICBM sites, I recommend my friend Jim's web site, Missile Site Coordinates. Another good source of information is the Missile Talk group on Yahoo. And, if you are a serious student of U.S. ICBM systems (a "siloholic" as some call it), consider joining the Association of Air Force Missileers.

Rumors of the LCF buildings being demolished led me back to the missile field in August 2016. I observed an intact Launch Control Support Buildings (LCSB) at P-01, Q-01, S-01, and T-01. However, the LCSB at R-01 had been removed and a thick concrete cap covered the elevator shaft area.

Papa Flight

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site P-01 WY  (8683, GHXX)  41-28-19, 104-28-04
(General view from helipad)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Gate)
(Gate)
(Gate)
(LCSB)
(LCSB)
(LCSB)
(LCSB)
(Vehicle garage)
(Vehicle garage)
(Vehicle garage)
(Air intake/exhaust stacks)
(Air intake/exhaust stacks)
(Hard Ultra High Frequency (UHF) antenna)
(Hard UHF antenna)
(LCSB and hard High Frequency (HF) receive antenna)
(Hard HF transmit antenna and hard UHF antenna
(Very High Frequency Land Mobile Radio net antenna)
(Helipad)
(Helipad)
(Helipad detail)
(Sewage lagoons)
(Sewage lagoons)
(Fuel tank support structure)
(Fuel tank support structure)
(Access road)
(Electrical switching box)
(Static ground connector)
(Static ground connector)
(2016 update - General view)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site P-02 WY  (8684, GHXY)  41-32-20, 104-26-23
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Entry gate)
(Cathodic protection control box)
(Cathodic protection control box)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site P-03 WY  (8685, GHXZ)  41-28-05, 104-20-10
(General view - 4 Aug 2013)
(General view - 4 Aug 2013)
(General view showing disturbed earth - 18 Aug 2013)
(General view showing disturbed earth - 18 Aug 2013)
(General view showing front end loader - 18 Aug 2013)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site P-04 WY  (8686, GHYA)  41-24-45, 104-26-14
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site P-05 WY  (8687, GHYB)  41-19-50, 104-27-54
(General view)
(General view)
(Gate and signs)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site P-06 WY  (9413, GHYC)  41-23-43, 104-32-21
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site P-07 WY  (9229, GHYD)  41-27-22, 104-36-46
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Silo area)
(Wind vane)
(Unidentified feature)
(Unidentified feature)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site P-08 WY  (8688, GHYE)  41-27-46, 104-45-21
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Gate)
(Cathodic protection control box)
(Cathodic protection control box)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site P-09 WY  (8508, GHYF)  41-30-18, 104-41-25
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Gate)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site P-10 WY  (8689, GHYG)  41-30-35, 104-33-11
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Hardened Intersite Cable System (HICS) marker)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Power poles)
(Lights)
(Cathodic protection control box)
(Cathodic protection control box)
(Cathodic protection control box)
(Unidentified feature)
(Unidentified feature)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site P-11 WY  (8690, GHYH)  41-33-25, 104-38-45
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)

Quebec Flight

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site Q-01 WY  (8691, GHYJ)  41-32-35, 104-54-10
(General view from helipad)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(LCSB)
(LCSB)
(LCSB)
(LCSB)
(LCSB)
(LCSB)
(Vehicle garage)
(Vehicle garage)
(Air intake/exhaust stacks)
(Air intake/exhaust stacks)
(Hard HF receive antenna)
(Hard HF receive antenna)
(Hard UHF antenna)
(Hard HF transmit antenna)
(Entry gate)
(Helipad)
(Sewage lagoons)
(Sewage lagoons)
(HICS markers)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site Q-02 WY  (9230, GHYK)  41-45-54, 104-51-58
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site Q-03 WY  (9414, GHYL)  41-36-24, 104-49-59
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Wind vane)
(Power poles)
(Unidentified feature)
(Unidentified feature)
(Unidentified feature)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site Q-04 WY  (8692, GHYM)  41-32-46, 104-48-32
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site Q-05 WY  (8693, GHYN)  41-28-10, 104-52-38
(General view)
(General view)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Power poles)
(Power poles)
(Unidentified feature)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site Q-06 WY  (9415, GHYP)  41-25-18, 105-00-56
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Power poles)
(Power poles)
(Wind vane)
(Cathodic protection control box)
(Cathodic protection control box)
(HICS marker)
(Unidentified feature)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site Q-07 WY  (9231, GHYQ)  41-30-58, 104-58-46
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Wind vane)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site Q-08 WY  (8694, GHYR)  41-35-51, 104-58-55
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Power and light poles)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site Q-09 WY  (9416, GHYS)  41-46-01, 104-57-46
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site Q-10 WY  (9232, GHYT)  41-42-13, 104-55-51
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Azimuth marker post)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site Q-11 WY  (8695, GHYU)  41-38-26, 104-54-54
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Azimuth marker post)

Romeo Flight

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site R-01 WY  (8696, GHYV)  41-44-19, 104-30-00
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(LCSB)
(LCSB)
(Entry gate)
(Entry gate and vehicle garage)
(Air intake/exhaust stacks)
(Hard HF receive antenna)
(Radio relay tower)
(Vehicle parking area)
(Sewage lagoons)
(Fuel tank support structure)
(Sign)
(HICS marker)
(HICS markers)
(HICS markers)
(2016 update - General view)
(2016 update - Concrete cap)
(2016 update - Concrete cap)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site R-02 WY  (9233, GHYW)  41-43-51, 104-25-11
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site R-03 WY  (8697, GHYX)  41-38-23, 104-20-32
(General view)
(General view)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Roadside sign)
(Roadside sign)
(Light)
(Cathodic protection control box)
(Cathodic protection control box)
(Unidentified switch at gate)
(Unidentified switch at gate)
(Unidentified feature)
(Unidentified feature)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site R-04 WY  (8509, GHYY)  41-39-56, 104-25-47
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site R-05 WY  (8698, GHYZ)  41-39-56, 104-32-36
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Silo area)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site R-06 WY  (8699, GHZA)  41-39-14, 104-39-07
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Light poles and Improved Minuteman Physical Security System (IMPSS) pole)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site R-07 WY  (8700, GHZB)  41-43-11, 104-36-56
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site R-08 WY  (8701, GHZC)  41-45-16, 104-41-36
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(HICS junction)
(HICS junction data plate)
(HICS junction pressurization valves)
(HICS junction pressurization valves)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site R-09 WY  (8510, GHZD)  41-48-15, 104-45-05
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Roadside sign)
(Roadside sign)
(HICS marker sign)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site R-10 WY  (8702, GHZE)  41-48-51, 104-39-47
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site R-11 WY  (8511, GHZF)  41-47-00, 104-34-36
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)

Sierra Flight

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site S-01 WY  (8512, GHZG)  41-52-24, 104-13-20
(General view from helipad)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(LCSB)
(LCSB)
(LCSB)
(LCSB)
(Entry gate)
(Entry gate)
(Vehicle garage)
(Vehicle garage)
(Hard HF receive antenna)
(Hard UHF antenna)
(Hard HF transmit antenna)
(Air intake/exhaust stacks)
(Fuel tank support structure)
(Helipad)
(Sewage lagoons)
(Sewage lagoons)
(Sewage lagoons)
(Sewage lagoons)
(2016 Update - General view)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site S-02 WY  (9234, GHZH)  42-00-54, 104-12-35
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site S-03 WY  (8703, GHZJ)  41-55-53, 104-11-49
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site S-04 WY  (8704, GHZK)  41-55-48, 104-05-40
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site S-05 WY  (8705, GHZL)  41-51-27, 104-05-33
(General view)
(General view)
(Wind vane)
(HICS marker sign)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site S-06 WY  (8706, GHZM)  41-46-32, 104-12-33
(General view)
(General view)
(Gate)
(Fence and wind vane)
(Unidentified feature)
(Roadside sign)
(Roadside sign)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site S-07 WY  (9417, GHZN)  41-44-30, 104-18-49
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site S-08 WY  (9418, GHZP)  41-47-56, 104-24-13
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Lights)
(Cathodic protection control box)
(Cathodic protection control box)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site S-09 WY  (8707, GHZQ)  41-51-05, 104-21-52
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Roadside sign)
(Roadside sign)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site S-10 WY  (8708, GHZR)  41-56-28, 104-28-40
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Cathodic protection control box)
(Power poles)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site S-11 WY  (9235, GHZS)  41-55-22, 104-22-59
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)

Tango Flight

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site T-01 WY  (8709, GHZT)  41-59-54, 104-47-32
(General view from helipad)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(LCSB)
(LCSB)
(LCSB)
(LCSB)
(LCSB)
(Air intake/exhaust stacks)
(Air intake/exhaust stacks)
(Hard HF receive antenna)
(Hard HF transmit antenna)
(Hard UHF antenna)
(Soft HF transmit & receive (transceive) antenna, suggesting status as alternate wing command post)
(Soft HF transceive antenna)
(Hard HF transmit antenna)
(Soft HF transceive antenna)
(Helipad)
(Fuel tank support structure)
(Sewage lagoons)
(Sewage lagoons)
(Sign)
(Unidentified feature, not found at the other four Peacekeeper LCFs)
(2016 Update - General view)

As a bonus, here are some aerial views of T-01 taken in 2011 by my friend Kylie Monet, and used with her permission:
(Aerial view)
(Aerial view)
(Aerial view)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site T-02 WY  (8710, GHZU)  42-06-18, 104-39-53
(General view)
(General view)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Light)
(Lights)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site T-03 WY  (9236, GHZV)  42-02-57, 104-43-55
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site T-04 WY  (8711, GHZW)  41-58-51, 104-43-37
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Roadside sign)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site T-05 WY  (8513, GHZX)  41-52-22, 104-43-43
(General view)
(General view)
(Silo area)
(Cathodic protection control box)
(Cathodic protection control box)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site T-06 WY  (8712, GHZY)  41-55-50, 104-47-15
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Cathodic protection control box)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site T-07 WY  (8713, GHZZ)  41-52-14, 104-49-51
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Cathodic protection control box)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site T-08 WY  (8714, GJAA)  41-51-19, 104-54-50
(General view)
(General view)
(Silo area)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site T-09 WY  (8715, GJAB)  41-55-55, 104-55-59
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Silo area)
(Silo area)
(Cathodic protection control box)
(HICS marker)
(M18 Smoke Grenade)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site T-10 WY  (8716, GJAC)  42-00-03, 104-57-06
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Cathodic protection control box)

Francis E. Warren AF Missile Site T-11 WY  (8514, GJAD)  42-06-44, 104-52-03
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)


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