Tubac, Arizona: We continue wandering around the desert. Amazing things are to be found. We really don't have to look very hard - there are stacks of tourist brochures everywhere. Moses should have had it so good. Today we went deep underground to see a missile designed to destroy Moscow.
But first - a margarita!
My late-lunch/early dinner margarita consumption continues. I am doing it for you, Dear Swilling Readers. I am sacrificing so you will know where to enjoy the best thirst-quenching beverage in the desert. Manuel's gets extra points for a cute cactus glass, a very clean restaurant and great servers.
Okay, enough about that gut bomb lunch - on to the bomb! Titan Missile Museum
I have previously written that at one time I had no interest in the space program. Planes. Rockets. Bombs. None of this stuff held my interest. That said, years ago we listened to John Glenn: A Memoir (his self-read autobiography via books on CD) while RVing on the east coast and I found it a most fascinating tale. Then we visited Cape Canaveral in Florida. I became not so much interested in stuff going up in the air or missiles carrying bombs - but became interested in all the history surrounding these military maneuvers and the Cold War. (Apparently I lived through the entire Cold War, but was pretty-much busy playing with dolls during the good parts.)
Listen to Jimmy Buffett sing Waiting for the Next Explosion Safe - hosted by RVGoddess.com
The US Air Force had many Titan II Missile sites in America. Each missile was housed completely underground in concrete and steel silos. The missiles have been destroyed (or used to launch weather satellites) and the underground silos have been filled with concrete. The government has left just one site intact as a museum - and of course, this missile no longer has a nuclear warhead!Above the silo So, continuing with our underground tour theme (Copper Queen Mine and Kartchner Caverns) we took a guided tour with a group of about a dozen people into the missile silo. Our guide, Jerry, was fun and loved teaching us about the Titan missiles. The tour price was $9.50 and requires climbing - up and down - 55 steps. Anyone over 5'10" is required to wear a hard hat. The "stuff" over the silo in the above photo is for explanatory purposes only. The Titan Missile sites were pretty "stealth". Nothing to attract attention.Titan Missile Command Center
Four staffers took 24-hour shifts in the missile silo, waiting for a call from the military to turn a key that would launch the bomb.
They waited for twenty years and never received a call.