LF-08

 

MINUTEMAN

VANDENBERG  AFB

 

TOPSIDE VIEW TO THE PACIFIC

 

 

IMPSS POLE

NOTE:  PART OF THE OZ SECURITY SYSTEM

NOTE:  PAYLOAD TRANSPORTER IN BACKGROUND

 

LAUNCHER CLOSURE DOOR 110 TONS OF REINFORCED CONCRETE & STEEL

NOTE:  IN THE EVENT OF A LAUNCH THE BALLISTIC GAS GENERATOR WILL MOVE THIS DOOR FROM 0-35 MPH IN 5 SECONDS

 

LAUNCHER CLOSURE DOOR

 

 

LAUNCHER CLOSURE DOOR

 

 

PAYLOAD TRANSPORTER

NOTE:  THIS UNIT CARRIES THE WARHEAD TO & FROM THE LAUNCH FACILITY

 

 

ENTRANCE TO THE LAUNCHER SUPPORT BUILDING

NOTE:  VENT SHAFT COVER TO THE LEFT

 

 

DIESEL GENERATOR FOR EMERGENCY BACKUP POWER

 

 

BRINE CHILLER FOR LAUNCHER FACILITY COOLING

 

 

A-CIRCUIT & SECURITY PIT

 

 

PERSONNEL ACCESS SHAFT

NOTE:  B-PLUG IN THE DOWN POSITION

 

 

LOOKING UP PERSONNEL ACCESS SHAFT

 

 

B-PLUG IN THE DOWN POSITION

 

 

MOTOR GENERATOR

 

 

STORAGE BATTERIES

NOTE:  THERE ARE 12 OF THESE TO SUPPORT THE SITE AND WEIGHT 1500LBS EACH

 

 

DISTRIBUTION BOX OR D-BOX

 

 

EQUIPMENT RACKS 1 & 2

NOTE: BATTERY CHARGER...ALARM SET GROUP AND UHF RADIO RECEIVER GROUP IN BACKGROUND

 

 

EQUIPMENT RACKS 3 & 4

NOTE:  POWER SUPPLY GROUP IN FOREGROUND AND THE PROGRAMMER GROUP IN BACKGROUND

 

 

GUIDANCE SECTION LIQUID COOLER

NOTE:  THIS UNIT CIRCULATES COOLANT AROUND THE MISSILE GUIDANCE SYSTEM

 

 

MOVING SHEAVE FOR THE LAUNCHER CLOSURE DOOR

NOTE: THE SHEAVE IS IN THE DOWN POSITION AND THE CABLES ARE SLACK BECAUSE THE LAUNCHER CLOSURE DOOR IS OPEN

 

 

UPPER PORTION OF THE MOVING SHEAVE

NOTE:  THE CABLES DISAPPEAR INTO THE CEILING OF THE UPPER LAUNCHER EQUIPMENT ROOM WHERE THEY ARE ATTACHED TO THE NORTH SIDE OF THE LAUNCHER CLOSURE DOOR

 

 

BALLISTIC GAS GENERATOR FOR LAUNCHER CLOSURE DOOR

NOTE:  4 CHARGED SQUIBS  TO ASSIST IN THE OPENING, TYPICALLY ONLY ONE IS USED DURING A TEST LAUNCH

 

 

ACCESS BASKET FOR MISSILE CREWS TO PERFORM MAINTENANCE

NOTE:  TRACK ABOVE ALLOWS ACCESS BASKET TO MOVER 360 DEGREES AROUND THE MISSILE

 

 

AFT AERO SHROUD

 

 

FORWARD AERO SHROUD

NOTE:  STEEL RAIL FOR THE ACCESS BASKET

 

 

GUIDANCE SECTION LIQUID COOLER UMBILICAL FOR COOLING MISSILE GUIDANCE SYSTEM

NOTE:  THE MISSILE IN LF-08 IS ONLY THE TOP HALF OF THE MINUTEMAN III.  IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY AT THE PHOTO, YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH OF THE LAUNCH TUBE HAS BEEN FILLED UP.

 

 

LAUNCH TUBE

NOTE:  ACCESS BASKET AND WORK PLATFORM

 

MANY THANKS TO PAYAT RITTLER FOR SHARING THESE GREAT PHOTOS TAKEN DURING A MISSILE MAINTENANCE TRAINING SESSION

 

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