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MSR Missile Support Gallery 2

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MSR launch area from WHB

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MSR EASS, WHB, launch area from MSCB

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MSR UMB, EASS, WHB, launch area from MSCB

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  • 7370: Missile launch area as seen from the top of the warhead handling building.
    • Sprint area left, Spartan area right.
    • Vertical poles are launch area antennas (LAA's) that allowed the MSR to communicate via its radar beam with missiles in their underground launch cells.
  • 7371: Exclusion area sentry station, warhead handling building, and launch area as seen from the MSCB.
  • 7372: Wider view of 7371 that also includes the universal missile building on the left.

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Warhead handling building (WHB)

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MSR exclusion area sentry station (EASS) enforced 2 man rule

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  • 7364: Telephoto view of the universal missile building from the MSCB.
    • On the far right can be seen the emergency exit tunnel.
    • The small 'boxes' on top are the ventilators.
  • 7369: Warhead handling building.
    • Located within the exclusion area.
    • Equipment entrance in center, personnel entrance to left.
    • To the right is the emergency exit tunnel constructed of corrugated metal pipe..
  • 7368: Exclusion area sentry station (EASS).
    • Enforced the "two-man rule" for areas containing nuclear weapons.
    • Warhead handling building in background on left.
    • Missile launch areas at end of road in center.
MSR launch area under construction

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MSR launch area

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Spartan launch chamber & exhaust duct

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  • 1002: Aerial view of missile launch area under construction.
    • Sprint launchers lower left, Spartan launchers upper right.
    • All launch cells covered with temporary covers except for a single Sprint cell at bottom center.
  • 1038: Later aerial view of missile launch area.
    • All launch cells now covered with tactical (operational) covers.
    • The two electrical distribution centers can be seen at the left and right of the Spartan launch area. <$
  • 7377: View of 43-foot high midsection of Spartan launch chamber and exhaust duct as it was being prepared for installation.
    • Photo by Morrison-Knudsen Company and Associates, 1 October 1970.
Spartan launch station under construction

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Spartan silo 'headworks'

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View into empty Spartan missile silo

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  • 1042: Spartan launch station under construction.
    • Launch chamber and exhaust duct covered with temporary covers.
    • Launch area antenna at right.
  • 7373: View of Spartan silo 'headworks'.
    • In front center is personnel access hatch leading to launch preparation equipment vault (LPEV).
    • On right is launch area antenna.
    • Behind are the two launch cell protective covers, one for the launch chamber, one for the exhaust duct.
    • Photo by Gerald Greenwood, June 1993.
  • 7374: View into empty Spartan missile silo.
    • Launch rail is located in the north section of all silos.
    • At right is mechanical electrical equipment vault.
    • Top of photo is up, bottom is down.
    • Photo by Gerald Greenwood, June 1993.
Spartan Universal Transporter Loader (UTL)

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Sprint Service Van (SSV) in travel mode

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Sprint Service Van (SSV) in deployed mode

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Sprint silo liners

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Winter view of launch cell/missile installation

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Sprint launch area under construction

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  • 7378: View of Sprint missile silo liners, prior to their installation within the subsurface holes at the missile launch site.
    • Note the silo liner at right; atop this is the launch preparation equipment chamber (LPEC).
    • Photographer unknown, June 1971.
  • 1039: Winter view of launch cell / missile installation.
  • 1043: Sprint launch area under construction.
    • Launch cells covered with temporary covers.
MSR Sprint launch area (operational)

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Tactical Sprint launch cell cover

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Sprint launch cell before missile installation

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  • 1040: Photo of Sprint launch area in operational status.
  • 1041: Closeup of tactical Sprint launch cell cover.
  • 1035: View into Sprint launch cell before missile installation.
Empty Sprint launch cell

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Martin Marietta Corp. Safeguard logo

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Air supported shelter over Sprint launch station

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  • 7375: View into Sprint launch cell after site deactivated.
    • Photo by Gerald Greenwood, June 1993.
  • 6005: Martin Marietta Corp. Safeguard logo
  • 6008: Air supported shelter deployed over a Sprint launch station during site activation installation and test.
MSR missile launch area

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Sprint installation crew

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Removing Sprint launch cell cover bolts

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  • 6012: MSR missile launch area.
  • 6015: Sprint installation crew from Martin Marietta Corp (MMC) and US Army personnel probably from 1975.
    • First row left to right:
      Unknown (MMC), Frank Mahoric (MMC), Bob Farrel (MMC).
    • Second row left to right:
      Hugh Murphy (USA), Unknown, Carl Sams (MMC), Art Rupard (MMC), Bill Parker (USA).
  • 6016: Hugh Murphy removing Sprint launch cell cover bolts with electric impact wrench, 1975.
Inside Sprint service vehicle (Murphy, Rupard)

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Inside Sprint service vehicle (Murphy, Sparks)

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Inside Sprint service vehicle (Myrphy, Farrel)

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  • 6017: Hugh Murphy (left), Art Rupard (MMC) (right), and unknown MMC employee inside a deployed Sprint service vehicle, 1975
    • We were probably there to install a warhead and a guidance and control section on a Sprint.
  • 6018: Hugh Murphy (left) and Carl Sparks (ARADCOM) in Sprint service vehicle, 1975.
  • 6019: Hugh Murphy (left) and Bob Farrel (MMC quality engineer) in a Sprint service vehicle, 1975.
Last warhead to be removed & shipped from SRMSC

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  • 6023: The last warhead to be removed and shipped from SRMSC.
    • Kneeling left to right:
      Gerry Goodwin, COL Hohsinger, Jerry McDaniels.
    • Standing left to right:
      MP (unknown), MMC Rep (unknown), Boris Ivanoff, Joe Morales, Hugh Murphy, Bill Smith, Chuck Angelo, Roy Foster, unknown, MP (unknown).
    • Seated on fork lift:
      Operator (unknown) from 50th Ordnance.
Winter, Miscellaneous

Launch area from the MSCB (winter)

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EASS, WHB, missile fields (winter)

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Universal missile building (winter)

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  • 5007: Missile launch area from the MSCB.
  • 5012: Left to right:
    • Exclusion area sentry station.
    • Warhead handling building.
    • Missile fields.
    • Universal missile building (partially visible).
  • 5023: Universal missile building.
MSR EASS (winter)

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MSR Sprint launch station (winter)

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  • 5021: Exclusion area sentry station.
  • 5022: Sprint launch station.
Winter, Spartan Launch Area

Spartan launch area (winter) (5014)

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Spartan launch area (winter) (5015)

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Spartan launch area (winter) (5016)

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Spartan launch area (winter) (5017)

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Spartan launch area (winter) (5018)

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Spartan launch area (winter) (5019)

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Spartan launch area, UMB (winter)

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  • 5020: Universal missile building can be seen in background.