An ATLAS Missile fully erected in Downtown Abilene Texas. These Missiles were once America’s Answer to a Nuclear Attack by the Soviet Union in the 1960s.
Descend into an Actual Missile Silo
First launched in 1957, the Atlas was America’s first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) developed just in time for the Cold War. Its creation led to the establishment of subterranean missile silos across the country, including a dozen around Dyess Air Force Base. While most are now obsolete, you can explore one of these relics of another era at the Atlas Missile Base Cold War Center. Completed in 1962, this silo features nine-foot-thick walls and an 18.5-story underground structure that could survive a Soviet attack.
Your journey starts on the surface of the 8.6-acre site and descends two stories down to the launch control center, passing through massive one-ton manganese steel blast doors along the way. Continue to the crew’s quarters and the room that once housed the launch controllers and communications technology, checking out historic photographs of ICBM development and the site’s operation along the way. Then experience something few have: the chance to step into an actual missile silo. Try not to let your jaw hit the floor as you walk into this nearly 20-story-tall cavernous structure that once held a missile. Take it all in, then try not to be too surprised when you find out that all this was built in just 14 months.
The Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene was ringed by twelve Atlas Intercontinental Ballistic Missile silos in the early 1960s. Hwy 604 ran past five of them. There isn’t much to see; the nuclear missile silos are all underground, and they’ve long been retired. But at several points along the 51-mile road there are reflective green road signs proclaiming it to be “The Atlas ICBM Highway.”
The most convenient of these is in the town of Clyde, just south of I-20. Hwy 604 was officially given its designation in 2001, by a unanimous vote of the Texas state senate, which also recognized the Convair Atlas Intercontinental Ballistic Missile as “an awesome deterrent weapon system.”
A total of 72 Atlas F’s were placed in the field, based out of Schilling Air Force Base in Kansas (12), Lincoln Air Force Base in Nebraska (12), Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma (12) Dyess Air Force Base in Texas (12), Walker Air Force Base in New Mexico (12) and Plattsburgh Air Force Base in New York (12).
But they’ve changed from the past Slow Rockets to faster ones all the Time. The Atlas is a dinosaur compared to what everyone has on hand now. And China and Russia both have Hypersonic Missiles. But trying to put effective Nuclear Warheads on top to these Ultra-Fast Rockets isn’t so easy to MASTER.
Russia said that they had a Nuclear Powered Hypersonic Missile EXPLODE and they quickly evacuated the Region under where it exploded and picked up the parts. But actually, it was not a Nuclear Powered Hypersonic Missile. And it was instead, a Hypersonic Missile with a Nuclear Warhead in Top. It was shredded! They failed to look at the Beryllium in 3-D. You can’t do it that way. It will explode every time. Luckily, it was a very small Nuclear Warhead as a Test Weapon. Beryllium is used as the reflector material (or ‘pit liner’) in most contemporary American nuclear weapons and thermonuclear primaries. … All three of these components together make up a modern nuclear weapon’s “primary”, or trigger, which initiates the thermonuclear reaction in a weapon’s secondary components.
But eventually, that too will be mastered and it’ll be another worrisome lot to worry enough of you so choose to.