WARHEAD

 

TITAN II MISSILE BASES

MISSILE SITE DISMANTLEMENT

 

RE-ENTRY VEHICLE REMOVAL

OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE LIBERTY BELL

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THIS WAS THE FIRST MAJOR STEP IN THE DEACTIVATION OF EACH COMPLEX.  EXPLOSIVE COMPONENTS INCLUDING THE STAGE ONE START CARTRIDGES, VERNIER ROCKETS, VHPS AND APS BATTERIES WERE DISCONNECTED AND REMOVED.  UPON REMOVAL OF THE BVL, THE SILO CLOSURE DOOR WAS OPENED TO BEGIN REENTRY VEHICLE REMOVAL. 

 

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AFTER THE HANDLING RING WAS INSTALLED, THE CRANE PULLED THE RV CLEAR OF THE LAUNCH DUCT.   TETHERS WERE USED TO GUIDE THE RV ONTO THE TRANSPORT TRAILER. 

 

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