Visit a Real Missile Silo
There are a number of former active Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) sites that are now museums open to the public. You can visit a Titan II, Minuteman or Peacekeeper Missile Alert Facility (Launch Control Facility), including the underground Launch Control Center, where missile combat crews sat on alert, and tour a Titan II or Minuteman missile silo or Launch Facility. You can see the tools and equipment the Missile Maintainers used and visit places few have been. In some cases, reservations are required for a full visit, and some sites charge a small fee. Check the web page for each to find how to visit these imporant facilities that were signifcant to our nuclear deterrent posture. At each location, you will meet docents who will guoide you and answer questions - your docent may have even worked on the site you are visiting.
Titan II Missile Museum
Located in Green Valley, Arizona, south of Tucson, on I-19, Launch Complex 571-7 was part of the 390th Strategic Misisle Wing at Davis Monthan AFB from 1963 to 1987, one of the 54 Titan II sites in that wing. The museum opened in 1986 and is operated by the Arizona Aerospace Foundation.
The Titan II Museum offers a variety of tours and other activities. You can find all the information you need on hours, directions, tours and fees at their web site at www.titanmissilemusuem.org
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site (MiMi)
Located on I-90 East of Wall, South Dakota, near the Badlands National Park, MiMi includes a Visitors Center with displays, videos and a store. The Missile Alert Facility (Launch Control Facility) is D-01, one of the five flights in the 66th Strategic Missile Squadron, 44th Strategic Missile Wing/Missile Wing at Ellwsorth AFB, between 1963 and 1994. Launch Facility D-09 was in the same squadron and controlled by D-01. The site is managed by the National Park Service.
MiMi offers tours of the above ground and below ground facilities at D-01 and above ground at D-09. Reservations are required for some tours and a fee is charged. You can find all the information you need on hours, directions, tours and fees at their web site at https://www.nps.gov/mimi/index.htm
Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State HIstoric Site
Located near Cooperstown, North Dakota, between Fargo and Grand Forkis, the site is Missile Alert facility (Launch Control Facility) O-0, and Launch Facility N-03, part of the 448th Strategic Missile squadron, 321st Strategic Misile Wing/Missile Group, which was operational from 1965 to 1998. The site is operated by the state of North Dakota.
Oscar-Zero offers tours of the above ground and below ground facilities at O-0 and above ground at N-03. Reservations may be required for some tours and a fee is charged. You can find all the information you need on hours, directions, tours and fees ath their web site at https://www.oscarzero.com
Wyoming Quebec-01 Peacekeeper Site
Wyoming State Parks is preparing the Q-01 Missile Alert Facility (Launch Control Facility) as the newest state historic site. This site is significant as the only accessible Peacekeeper Missile Alert Facility left in the world and will strive to preserve and interpret the Cold War history of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, fostering an understanding of the mission and duties of the personnel and crews assigned to work there. Quebec 01 Missile Alert Facility State Historic Site, once open, will offer the visitor the opportunity to see a military installation that was “hidden in plain sight” and controlled one of the most destructive nuclear weapons ever built by the United States. Delve into the daily lives of missileers, topside personnel, missile technology, the Cold War and the deactivation of this missile system. Q-01 was part of the 90th Strategic Missile Wing/Missile Wing, initially as a Minuteman site (1962-1986)but then as one of rive Peacekeeper Missile control centers in the 400th Missile Squadron., (1986-2005), Learn more at the web page at http://wyoparks.state.wy.us/index.php/places-to-go/quebec-01