MINUTEMAN TRAINER

 

44th STRATEGIC MISSILE WING

ELLSWORTH AFB

LOOKING DOWN LAUNCH TUBE

 

LOOKING UP TOWARD THE BOTTOM OF THE OF THE LAUNCHER CLOSURE

NOTE:  MINUTEMAN II RE-ENTRY VEHICLE

 

G & C WITH THE UPPER UMBILICAL CONNECTED

 

UPPER PORTION OF LAUNCHER DOOR MECHANISM

 

OLD SODIUM CHROMATE TANKS USED FOR COOLING THE G & C ELECTRONICS 

NOTE:  SITE DISTRIBUTION BOX IN BACKGROUND

 

LOOKING DOWN LAUNCH TUBE

NOTE:  UPPER AND LOWER UMBILICAL CABLE CLAMPED TO WALL

 

LOOKING UP AT THE PRIMARY ACCESS HATCH (PAH)  FROM INSIDE THE LAUNCHER EQUIPMENT ROOM

NOTE:   HATCH DOOR WEIGHTS 8 TONS

 

EQUIPMENT RACKS ON LAUNCHER EQUIPMENT ROOM 1

FIRST RACKURD 406 POWER SUPPLY

SECOND RACKTOP DRAWERS ARE FACILITY INNER AND OUTER SECURITY ZONE MONITORS

BOTTOM DRAWER IS A BATTERY CHARGER FOR THE TWELVE 1400lb EMERGENCY BATTERIES 

THIRD RACKTOP DRAWER IS THE UHF RADIO RECEIVER WHICH RECEIVES FROM THE AIRBORNE LAUNCH CONTROL SYSTEM (ALCS) AIRCRAFT

FOURTH RACKSTATUS COMMAND MESSAGE PROGRAMMER GROUP (SCMPG) THIS PERFORMS SITE AND MISSILE HEALTH MONITORING, TESTING AND STATUS MESSAGING TO AND FROM THE LAUNCH CONTROL CENTER 

 

MAP OF THE 44th SMW  SITES

 

UNIQUE STAIRWAY ACCESS TO THE LAUNCHER EQUIPMENT ROOM

NOTE:  BEAUTIFUL PAINTED MURAL

 

PRIMARY SECURITY PIT WITH A-CKT VAULT DOOR INSTALLED

NOTETHIS IS THE FIRST LINE BARRIER TO KEEP INTRUDERS OUT OF THE UNMANNED LAUNCH FACILITIES.  UNLOCKING THIS PLUG ALLOWS MAINTENANCE TEAMS TO OPEN THE 8 TON PERSONNEL ACCESS HATCH DOOR.  AFTER THE PAH DOOR IS UNLOCKED A SECOND BARRIER MUST THEN BE UNLOCKED TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE LAUNCHER EQUIPMENT ROOM'S.

 

STATIC DISPLAY OF A PEACEKEEPER ARMORED VEHICLE

NOTE:  USED BY SECURITY POLICE DURING HIGH VALUE CONVOYS AND GUARDING OPEN LAUNCH FACILITIES 

 

TOPSIDE OF LAUNCH FACILITY

NOTEON THE RIGHT IS A RE-ENTRY VEHICLE G & C VAN POSITIONED OVER THE LC AS IT WOULD BE TO REPLACE AN  R/V  OR G & C

TALL POLE IN CENTER IS THE NEW OUTER ZONE SECURITY RADAR ANTENNA

ON THE LEFT IS THE TRAINER'S UNIQUE ENTRY STAIRS TO THE LAUNCHER EQUIPMENT ROOM

IN THE DISTANCE FAR LEFT IS THE DOME SHAPED PRIDE HANGAR, THE FORMER HOME OF THE 44th SMW OPERATIONS

 

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