Disasters: Toll of a Titan

Toll of a Titar

U.S. Missile Site 373-4, nestled among blackjack oaks in the Ozark foothills ten miles northwest of Searcy, Ark., had been out of operation for nearly six weeks. While the 174-ft.-deep silo, one of 54 Titan II sites in the U.S., underwent repairs to its air conditioning, plumbing and exhaust systems, its nuclear warhead was in storage at Little Rock Air Force Base, 55 miles away. The missile itself, a five-story, 18,000-m.p.h. Titan II of the type that is scheduled to launch this week's eight-day Gemini mission, remained in place as 55 civilian workmen swarmed up and...

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