Totally Titan

Copyright 2015, Scott D. Murdock


For many years, visiting a Titan I site has been high on my list of Things to Do. It's also been a Bucket List item for my research pal Ron, a self-identified "siloholic." Finally, we had a chance to take a legal and safe tour of a dry Titan I complex! Since we had extra time, I dragged Ron to a few other former military sites -- just to broaden his horizons. I made use of my friend Pete's fine Titan I Epitaph web site to help prepare for this trip, and Pete was kind enough to help me label some of my photos. Any errors that remain are mine alone, not Pete's!

Friday, 16 Oct 2015

I flew from Denver to Spokane, and met up with Ron at the rental car counter. I procured a Ford Fiesta for the weekend, and off we went.

Geiger Field WA  (1518, VZBT) 47-37-15, 117-31-55   This was a W.W.II field under 2AF then 4AF. It was briefly assigned to SAC after the war, then to Air Training Command. It was assigned to ADC in 1952 and redesignated Spokane International Airport 5 May 1960. It transferred from ADC to SAC on 1 Jul 1963 and was assigned to SAC for several years although use was by the ANG; final ANG use was in 1976.

Fairchild Radio Relay Annex #9 WA  (7215) 47-35-05, 118-19-08   This microwave relay site was one of nine assigned to Fairchild Air Force Base, supporting communications with the Atlas E missile sites. It was assigned on 30 Aug 1960, declared excess on 4 Jan 1965, and disposed of on 8 Dec 1966.
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Antenna housing)
(Antenna housing)
(Antenna housing)
(Entrance)
(Entrance and antenna housing)
(Entrance and antenna housing)
(Entrance and antenna housing)
(Antenna structure and intake structure)
(Exhaust (L) and intake (R) structures)

Air Force Plant #53 WA  (4609) 47-11-39, 119-18-04  This plant was operated in the 1950s and 1960s by Boeing, and engines for the BOMARC missile were tested here. Located adjacent to Larson AFB.
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)

Larson AFB WA  (2138, MWDC) 47-12-15, 119-18-50   Larson AFB was home to an ADC fighter-interceptor mission, a Strategic Air Command (SAC) aircraft alert mission, a SAC Titan I missile squadron, and an ADC Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) direction center.
(Fighter-Interceptor Alert Hangar, Strobel & Salzman first type)
(Fighter-Interceptor Alert Hangar, Strobel & Salzman first type)
(Fighter-Interceptor Alert Hangar, Strobel & Salzman first type)
(Fighter-Interceptor Alert Hangar, Strobel & Salzman first type)
(ADC Rocket Storage, Checkout and Assembly, Unit "A", double configuration)
(ADC Rocket Storage, Checkout and Assembly, Unit "A", double configuration)
(ADC Rocket Storage, Checkout and Assembly, Unit "A", double configuration)
(ADC Rocket Storage, Checkout and Assembly, Unit "A", double configuration)
(ADC Rocket Storage, Checkout and Assembly, Unit "A", double configuration)
(ADC Rocket Storage, Checkout and Assembly, Unit "A", double configuration)
(SAC alert area parking lot)
(SAC alert area "molehole" 70-man alert facility)
(SAC alert area "molehole" 70-man alert facility)
(SAC alert area gate)
(SAC alert area perimeter light)
(SAC alert area perimeter light, detail)
(SAC alert area perimeter light, detail)
(SAC maintenance dock (1))
(SAC maintenance dock (1))
(SAC maintenance dock (1))
(SAC maintenance dock (1))
(SAC maintenance dock (2))
(SAC maintenance dock (2))
(SAC maintenance dock (1) (R) and (2) (L))
(Maintenance building (1))
(Maintenance building (1))
(Maintenance building (2))
(Maintenance building (2))
(Maintenance building (3))
(Maintenance building (3))
(Maintenance building (2) (L) and (3) (R))
(SAC double-cantilever hangar)
(SAC double-cantilever hangar)
(SAC double-cantilever hangar)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-15)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-15)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-15)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-15)
(SAGE Direction Center DC-15)
(Segregated storage magazine)
(Segregated storage magazine)
(Segregated storage magazine)
(Segregated storage magazine)
(Segregated storage magazine)
(World War II hangar (1))
(World War II hangar (1))
(World War II hangar (2))
(World War II hangar (2))
(World War II hangar (2))
(World War II hangar (2))
(Chapel)
(Chapel)
(Chapel)
(Chapel)
(Chapel)
(Chapel)
(Chapel)
(Fire suppression deluge water reservoir and pump house)
(Fire suppression deluge water reservoir and pump house)
(Fire suppression deluge water reservoir and pump house)
(Fire suppression deluge water reservoir and pump house)
(Fire suppression deluge water reservoir and pump house)
(Fire suppression deluge water reservoir and pump house)
(Fire suppression deluge water reservoir and pump house)
(Jet engine test structure)
(Building)

Ephrata AFB WA  47-18-30, 119-31-00  Activated in June 1942, this airfield was built with Air Corps use in mind under the CAA's Development of Landing Areas for National Defense (DLAND) program. It started under 2AF, was placed on stand-by status by the end of 1943, and was reactivated under 4AF in Apr 1944. It was inactivated 30 Sep 1945 and declared excess in Nov 1945. After being transferred to the War Assets Administration in late 1946, it was withdrawn by the Army in Jun 1947. It was redesignated Ephrata Air Force Base on 13 Jan 1948, remaining in an inactive status until it was declared surplus in Aug 1949.
(General view)
(Hangar 1 "Hangar, Bom Sq" HANG O-A)
(Hangar 2 "Hangar, Bom Sq" HANG O-A)
(Hangar 2 "Hangar, Bom Sq" HANG O-A)
(Hangar 2 "Hangar, Bom Sq" HANG O-A)
(Hangar 1 (R) and Hangar 2 (L))
(Hangar 3 "Hangar" HANG-PA)
(Hangar 3 "Hangar" HANG-PA)
(Norden bombsight building "Bombsight Storage" BOM-B-A)
(Norden bombsight building "Bombsight Storage" BOM-B-A)
(Norden bombsight building "Bombsight Storage" BOM-B-A)
(Norden bombsight building "Bombsight Storage" BOM-B-A)
(Building "Bomb Trainer" BTB-1)
(Building "Bomb Trainer" BTB-1)
(Building "Bomb Trainer" BTB-1)
(Building "Bomb Trainer" BTB-1)
("Parachute Building" PAR-63)
("Parachute Building" PAR-63)
("Parachute Building" PAR-63)
("Parachute Building" PAR-63)
(Parachute Building and Hangar 3)
(Building "Paint and Dope Storage" Whse-1-A)
(Paint and Dope Storage, Parachute Building, and Hangar 3)

Saturday, 17 Oct 2015

Larson Air Force Missile Site #1 (568-A) WA  (6986)    Ground was broken for this Titan I missile site on 3 Dec 1959, and it began service in 1962. Life was short for Titan I, and the site was inactivated 25 Mar 1965. Ron found out about tours from The Missile Base, and site owner Bari Hotchkiss was our knowledgeable and gracious tour guide.
(Gate)
(Antenna silo 1 (L) and 2 (R) (roofs added))
(Antenna silo 1 (L) and 2 (R) (roofs added))
(Antenna silo 1 (L) and 2 (R) (roofs added))
(Orientation targets)
(Orientation targets)
(Orientation targets)
(Portal (roof added) and powerhouse dome fence)
(Personnel entry and portal (roofs added))
(Powerhouse air intake (roof added))
(Maintenance building and hardstand)
(Silo cap)
(Silo cap)
(Silo cap)
(Silo cap)
(Silo cap)
(Silo cap detail)
(Chemical waste clarifier)
(Chemical waste clarifier)
(Powerhouse dome, opened by USAF for generator removal)
(Concrete removed from powerhouse dome)
(Powerhouse exhaust (roof added))
(Television camera and instrument mount)
(Personnel entry)
(Personnel entry)
(Personnel entry)
(Personnel entry)
(Personnel entry)
(Portal, view from personnel entry)
(Portal, transition to personnel entry)
(Portal, view down from stairway)
(Portal, center shaft with doors above)
(Portal, center shaft)
(Portal, stairway)
(Portal, stairway)
(Portal, lowest level)
(Portal, lowest level)
(Portal, lowest level)
(Portal, view from tunnel junction)
(Tunnel Junction (T.J.) #10, view from portal)
(T.J #10, water storage compartment)
(T.J #10, water storage compartment)
(T.J #10, water storage compartment)
(T.J #10, water storage tank)
(T.J #10)
(T.J #10)
(T.J #10, water storage (L) and powerhouse access (R))
(T.J #10, from control center toward powerhouse)
(T.J #10, view toward control center)
(T.J #10, view towards fuel terminal (T.J. #12) and on to blast lock #2 and launcher areas)
(Control center)
(Control center)
(Control center)
(Control center)
(Control center)
(Control center)
(Control center)
(Control center)
(Control center)
(Control center, upper level, phone and telecommunications room)
(Tunnel to antenna silos)
(Antenna terminal)
(Antenna silo)
(Antenna silo)
(Antenna silo)
(Antenna silo)
(Antenna silo)
(Antenna silo)
(Antenna silo)
(Antenna silo)
(Tunnel, view from antenna terminal toward main junction)
(Tunnel, view toward main junction)
(Missile fuel tank)
(Escape hatch at blast lock 2)
(Silo 1, view from blast lock #2 into personnel tunnel leading to launcher area #1)
(Silo 1)
(Silo 1)
(Silo 1, view from personnel tunnel towards utilities tunnel to equipment terminal #2)
(Silo 1)
(Silo 1, view into propellant terminal #1 from the entrance)
(Silo 1, view into propellant terminal #1 from entrance, towards the LOX tunnel to the silo)
(Silo 1, view into propellant terminal #1 from entrance, towards roof access hatch in ceiling)
(Silo 1, view from T.J. #2 towards blast lock #2)
(Silo 1, view from inside blast lock #2 down personnel tunnel towards blast lock #1)
(Silo 1, view from just outside equipment terminal #1 into T.J. #1)
(Blast valve, removed from opening)
(Blast valve, empty opening)
(Blast valve)
(Silo 3, view from inside T.J. #9 into propellant terminal #3)
(Silo 3, view through blast lock #1 into personnel tunnel leading to launcher area #3)
(Silo 3, access)
(Silo 3, view through blast lock #2 to personnel tunnel leading to launcher area #2)
(Silo 3)
(Silo 3)
(Silo 3)
(Silo 2, view from utilities tunnel)
(Silo 2)
(Silo 2)
(Silo 2)
(Silo 2)
(Silo 2)
(Silo 2, equipment terminal)
(Silo 2, equipment terminal)
(Silo 2, equipment terminal)
(Silo 2, equipment terminal)
(Silo 2, equipment terminal)
(Silo 2, equipment terminal)
(Silo 2, equipment terminal)
(Silo 2, equipment terminal)
(Silo 2, equipment terminal)
(Silo 2, equipment terminal)
(Silo 2, equipment terminal)
(Silo 2, view from silo side of utilities tunnel connecting silo to equipment terminal)
(Silo 2, view through equipment access hatch from level II to level I of equipment terminal)
(Powerhouse)
(Powerhouse)
(Powerhouse)
(Powerhouse)
(Powerhouse)
(Powerhouse, salvage hole in top of dome)
(Powerhouse, rattle space around side of dome)
(Powerhouse, under-floor structure)
(Powerhouse, under-floor structure)
(Powerhouse, access to exhaust facility, Ron (R) and Scott (L) for scale)
(Powerhouse, access to air filtration facility, Ron (R) and Scott (L) for scale)
(Powerhouse, Ron for scale)

George LORAN Site WA  47-03-48, 119-44-39   This Coast Guard Long Range Navigation (LORAN) facility was placed in service in Sep 1976, and disestablished 20 Aug 2010.
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Sign)

Larson Air Force Missile Site #3 (568-C) WA  (6988)  This Titan I missile site began service in 1962, and it was inactivated 25 Mar 1965.
(General view)
(General view)
(Gate)
(Sign)
(Gate and sign)

Sunday, 18 Oct 2015

Plancor 0226-S WA  47-45-15, 117-22-35   This 1,000,000 square foot aluminum plant situated on 254 acres served the defense industry during W.W.II.  Built and owned by the Defense Plant Corporation, it was operated for the government by the Aluminum Company of America.
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(General view)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Building)
(Elevated water storage tank)
(Elevated water storage tank)
(Sign)

Nike F-07L WA  47-40-50, 117-36-28  This Nike launcher site was only in service from 1957 to Jun 1960.
(General view)
(Buildings)
(Building)
(Building)

Overjoyed with our accomplishments, yet saddened to be leaving such a target-rich research environment, we returned to the Spokane airport. I bade farewell to Ron and we went our separate ways, content to check a major item off of our Bucket Lists.


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