Echoes of the Cold War

Echoes of the Cold War

This week's RFT feature is a Tim Lane graphic that recounts his visit to a retired Nike missile silo in the town of Pacific. It includes facts about the installation, the missiles themselves and the history of the Nike program. Click here to view the entire graphic.

 
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suejimdoer
suejimdoer

When I taught at Southwest MO State U in the 80's, a group of us went up to the high school near Whiteman AF Base for a public hearing about an idea the AF had about moving nuclear missiles around the state on RR cars so the Soviets wouldn't know where they were.  No, I'm not making this up.  Of course those whose livelihood depended on govt $$$ to the base defended the idea.  One woman said she felt much safer living near the base because the Russians wouldn't dare bomb it.   A sparkling AF officer gave his video presentation (slides back in those days) on a gigantic screen onstage.  In all earnestness, he said there wouldn't be any problems arising from these nukes on RR cars riding through cities and that the Soviets would never spot them.  I haven't trusted anything anyone in a military uniform has said since that time.

 
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