I’m a 50% Disabled Veteran and survivor of this Titan Missile Explosion.
I was a Liquid Fuel Systems technician working with Nitrogen Tetroxide (N204) and Hydrazine (UDMH).
The explosion blew the silo door (740 Tons) 700 feet off the complex. I was standing less than 100 feet from the silo door. I slide 100 feet on my back during the explosion.
If you have any questions shoot me an email.
NOTE Keep your eyes open for a book being written by Eric Schlosser (Titled Command and Control) that should be out in 2011, that details some of this explosion.
Thanks! To all the branches of the US Armed Forces who protect us every day, every night!
Greg,I was a Communication Controller at 15AF Command Post at March AFB when the missile blew. I monitored events for the General’s Staff and monitored the Primary Alerting System on my shifts there. What an amazing story. I have never been in contact with anyone so close to the blast but I have been obsessed with it for all these years. I went to Ballistic Missile Staff Course at Vandenburg and learned as much as I could about the Titans, the systems and the silos. I was always fascintated with it. Looks like you are doing fine with a great family. Best of luck…I love your motto as well. Brad Buchanan Major, USAF Retired.
Thanks! for checking out my “Garage” with the Titan II photos in it. There’s a book coming out next year called “Command and Control” written by Eric Schlosser. It be published somewhere near August or Sept 2013. This is a 750 page (approximate) book telling the story(ies) of the nuclear weapons program in the United States from beginning to present (my survival story is included in this book).
PS My wife’s maiden name was “Buchanan” (Family was from the Harlan KY area, and had moved to Cincinnati, OH). Her Dad’s name was “Fred” and mom’s name was “Dolly”
Small World right?.....LOL
Take Care Man!
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