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ICBM Ellsworth 44 / 850 field

Last modified: 10 Jul 2018
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Country: United States    Region: S Dakota

Latitude: 44° 8' 3" N     Longitude: -103° 22' 51" E

Area use / Military Branches: Closed

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Former Ellsworth Titan I missile field; 44 Strategic Msl Wing / 850 Strategic Msl Sqn was operational 1959-1965
850 was deployed in a 3x3 configuration, which meant a total of 9 missiles were divided into 3 bases. Each missile base had 3 ICBM missiles ready to launch at any given time. Missile sites were later sold off to private ownership after demilitarization (demolishing).
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1a/44th_Missile_Wing.PNG
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/72/850thsms-emblem.jpg

Former locations were
Alpha, (this one) 4 miles NNW of Wicksville, South Dakota, at grid 4408′10″N 10237′02″W
Bravo 5 miles SSE of Hermosa, South Dakota, at grid 4346′34″N 10308′46″W
Charlie 10 miles SE of Sturgis, South Dakota, at grid 4423′51″N 10318′48″W

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