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9. ICBM Little Rock 308 / 374 field

Last modified: 16 Jun 2022, 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 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 2 megaton warhead however did not...
21 military in the immediate vicinity of the blast were injured and 1 died later from sustained fatal injuries.
USAF retrieved the warhead and took it back to Little Rock AFB.

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