Supervisors honor 50th anniversary of Titan Missile Museumby Pima County News on Jul. 02, 2013, under Board of Supervisors, Pima County, Southern Arizona, Tourism
In another era, when duck-and-cover drills and Cold War bomb shelters were de rigueur, underground silos housing missiles equipped with hydrogen bombs stood sentry, ready to be launched at targets across the globe.
Fifty years ago on July 15, the Titan II Missile Site 571-7 became operational. Now known as the Titan Missile Museum, it is the only place in the entire United States where visitors can see the single remaining weapon of the 54 Titan II missile sites once placed across the country.
Characterizing the Museum as one of the region’s gems, the Pima County Board of Supervisors Tuesday declared July 15 a day to commemorate and honor the site.
Owned by Pima County but operated by the nonprofit Arizona Aerospace Foundation, (the same organization that operates the Pima Air & Space Museum), the museum consists of the eight underground levels of the silo containing the Titan II missile, including the crew’s living quarters and the launch control center.
There also are informative displays and videos providing guests with more information on the missiles themselves. Able to reach targets in the Soviet Union within 30 minutes, they were the product of a geopolitical context that surmised that peace would best be maintained by ensuring that any attack against the United States would be met with swift, relentless retaliation.
To learn more about the National Historic Landmark, please visit http://www.titanmissilemuseum.org/ or call (520) 625-7736.