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ICBM Little Rock 308 / 374 field

Last modified: 10 Jul 2018, submitted by: Joker
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Country: United States    Region: Arkansas

Latitude: 35° 18' 55" N     Longitude: -93° 58' 51" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed

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Former 308 Strategic Msl Wing; 373 Strategic Msl Sqn Titan II ICBM missile field 1962-1987
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/07/374th_Strategic_Missile_Squadron_-_SAC_-_Emblem.png

This was silo 374-1, 1.1 mi ENE of Blackwell, Arkansas, 3513′36″N 09249′18″W

  1. 2 , 2.0 mi NNE of Plummerville, AR, 3511′19″N 09237′50″W
  2. 3 , 3.9 mi ENE of Hattieville, AR, 3518′41″N 09243′25″W
  3. 4 , 1.4 mi NNE of Springfield, AR, 3517′15″N 09232′50″W
  4. 5 , 3.3 mi ESE of Wooster, AR, 3510′04″N 09223′33″W
  5. 6 , 3.8 mi SW of Guy, AR, 3517′30″N 09223′12″W
  6. 7 , 3.3 mi NNE of Damascus, AR, 3524′50″N 09223′50″W
  7. 8 , 4.3 mi SSW of Quitman, AR, 3519′45″N 09214′59″W
  8. 9 , 2.5 mi SSW of Pearson, AR, 3524′34″N 09208′58″W

In 1980 at Titan II Launch Complex 374-7, an airman was adding pressure to the second stage oxidizer tank. He dropped the socket, which fell down the silo, glanced off the thrust mount and punctured the pressurized first stage fuel tank containing aerozine 50.
A couple of hours later the missile blew up inside its silo. The blast catapulted the 740-ton silo door away from the silo and ejected the second stage and the warhead! Once clear of the silo, the second stage exploded. The warhead safety devices performed as designed and it did not explode. 21 military in the immediate vicinity of the blast were injured and 1 died later from sustained fatal injuries. At daybreak, USAF retrieved the warhead and took it back to Little Rock AFB.

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