Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Titan Missle Museum, a National Historical Landmark!

During the two decades of the Cold War (1962-1982) the Titan missles were a central part of the US nuclear deterrent policy and were located in Tucson, Little Rock and Wichita, Kansas. Now only one of these missle sites still exists, and is presented to us as ‘history’ as a National Historical Landmark just 20 miles South of Tucson.

The Titan Missile Museum is the only place in the world where you can see an intercontinental missile system on public display. It stands as both a museum and an archive of cold war technology, presenting an all too rare chance to walk through the infrastructure of the nuclear ‘balance of terror’ that we lived through during the second half of the 20th century.

The Titan Missile was part of a global system for nuclear war, linking the US and the USSR in a shared technological apocalypticism. The Titan Missile bases were located as close to the US - Mexican border as possible to maximise the time for radar to pick up Soviet missiles coming over the north pole, giving the missile crews time to launch their retaliatory strikes. The Titans were located in Tucson, Little Rock and Wichita.

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