Huge missile still in missile silo in Florida....pics

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  1. flyingbanana

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    Now THAT'S some urban exploration!
     
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    "So that's where we left it! I knew is was around here somewhere..."

    Seriously though, if you were the guy who happened upon it, what would you think? My jaw would probably hit the floor in disbelief.
     
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    Well, it's not really a missile, it's just a spent solid fuel rocket engine, sort of like the empty cardboard tube of a used bottle rocket. What's interesting to me is how clean and squared away the site seems for something that has been abandoned for 50 years.
     
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    Is he the first person to find it or does everyone know it's there?

    I really like this shot:

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    I see some graffiti in one of the shots, so somebody's been hangin' out there.
     
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    Maybe they could convert it into a water heater...a REALLY HUGE water heater.
     
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    Here's another site that has a bit more info and pics. Interesting stuff. So...how do we know that the rocket is actually empty? That's some creepy footage of it.

    http://www.abandonedfl.com/?p=627

    And a video....you're welcome.

     
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    And another vid. Enjoy.

     
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    Didn't the STS use solid fuel motors that were bigger?
     
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    My father worked there for a while until they pulled up roots. The motor was fired up into the air and could be seen for miles. The last time it was fired it caused millions of dollars of damage to nearby towns. The residue damaged car paint and surrounding crops.

    http://www.abandonedfl.com/?p=627
     
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    When I was a in grade school and we moved to Satellite Beach, Florida (1964) there were rocket launchers with rockets hidden in the Palmettos next to the trailer park where we were living. Us kids found them and played around them all the time. The were supposedly disarmed, but kept in place in case they needed to be quickly activated since this was only a couple of years after the Cuban Missile Crisis.
     
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    It's pretty amazing how many of these things are left. We have an empty Nike missile silo not 3 miles from us. I would assume it's empty though...
     
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    They just left them in the Ground!!!????!!!! What the heck!!!
     
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    What, a spent solid-fuel rocket? It's not an armed nuclear missile. It was never a missile of any kind. It was a stationary rocket engine built for testing purposes.
     
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    The history and disposition of the Nike sites is well documented. I have a book called "Ring of Supersonic Steel" that details all of our AA missiles.

    There are websites devoted to Nike. This is a good place to start your studies.

    The thing that I find most curious about Nike is that the Hercules, that could be equipped with a low-yield nuclear warhead, was completely under local control. At most sites that local control was Guard and Reserve components. I suspect that some nights there were butter-bar lieutenants with their "finger on the button."

    :eek:
     
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    My wife used to be in real estate. Several years ago, she was driving a young yuppie couple around, showing them houses. As they passed a large empty field, she told them that it used to be a Nike site. The young woman asked "Why did Nike stop making shoes there?" :rolleyes:
     
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    I live right next to an old Nike site. At least, that is the legend. Everyone calls the place "Nike Hill". The place is currently shared by FEMA and the US Army.
     
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    I was one of those Nike Cold War Warriors back then, stationed in various sites across the US and Korea. 2 of those sites were in SoCal up in the mountains north of the Valley. Trust me, the birds are long gone.
     
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    We have a Nike site at work and have at times used it as a firing range (handguns). It's pretty gross down there though. Musty, rodents, etc. It's been a few years since I've been down in it. It has also been used to test robots' search/rescue capabilities.
     
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