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Sone cold war history

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Nwcid, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    This weekend we did a dive in an old Titan 1 Missile silo, Scuba Dive Sites - Titan 1 Silo

    Check the link to the dive shop, they have some great video from the DCS on there that talks about the full history.
     
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  2. rufus

    rufus State of Jefferson Well-Known Member

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    That's awesome, I love that stuff. Years ago I went on a tour of the abandoned NIKE missile sites that surrounded the port of Los Angeles early in the cold war. Some were right inside neighborhood parks. Crazy.
     
  3. mancat

    mancat Kitsap County Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately your link is already throwing a 404 error :(

    Yeah the Nike sites were all over, and the most surprising thing is how few people knew that they were armed with both conventional and nuclear AA missiles. The nukes were a last-ditch to knock out any large clustered flights of Soviet bombers.

    I regret being too young to find a lot of the local ones before they were destroyed. I've still been meaning to find a few of the remaining ones in western WA. There's also a fully restored site in the SF Bay that is open for tours.

    Flying around some of the larger cities in the mountain west, you can sometimes spot the sites scattered around the metro area.. Spokane in particular has several still visible sites, if you know what to look for.

    If you want to kill some time, check out this guy's site. He has several KMZ files for Google Earth that will let you navigate to all of the known abandoned missile sites in the US. Many are still just sitting out there, untouched :)

    http://ed-thelen.org/loc.html
     
  4. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    It will be back up in a few. I just "updated" it and it takes a few min to "publish" sometimes.
     
  5. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    I wonder what keeps the water from getting brackish, and hopefully you don't breath anything but from your regulators, because there could be some nasty gases in those confined air pockets!
     
  6. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Not sure if you have brackish confused with another term since it has to do with salt water, Brackish water - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The shop has the air and water tested. They have been diving it for a long time, over a decade.
     
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    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    OK, foul, stagnant, swampy, stinky, aka... McNasty!


    Sheesh, diver nerd speak... Haters! ;)
     
  8. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    ;) I just wanted to make sure we were talking about the same thing.

    There is actually minor currents that run though there keeping it from being stagnant. The guide explained it to us but I can not recall the exact route. It was built it was below the water table so there are ducts and wells that were used to cycle the water out. The pumps are gone, but the flow is still there.