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Whiteman Air Force Base, Minuteman Missile Launch Facility Trainer T-12, Northeast of Oscar-01 Missile Alert Facility, Knob Noster, Johnson County, MO

Whiteman Air Force Base, Minuteman Missile Launch Facility Trainer T-12, Northeast of Oscar-01 Missile Alert Facility, Knob Noster, Johnson County, MO

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Summary

Significance: Cold War missile development in the United States led to the necessity for a more rapid, yet economic system of retaliation than provided in the earlier Atlas and Titan systems. The Air Force found the solution in the Minuteman series, a solid-fuel missile that could be launched from a remote center having control over a network of silos spread over a wide geographical area. The Launch Facility Trainer (LFT), replicating a silo in the field, provided a full-scale model where some 400 missile maintenance personnel honed their skills in both routine and emergency procedures vital to the readiness of the system.
Survey number: HAER MO-88
Building/structure dates: 1967 Initial Construction

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Contributors

Historic American Engineering Record, creator
Wegman-French, Lysa, transmitter
Lyon, Robert, photographer
Thallheimer, Arnold, photographer
McChristian, Douglas, historian
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Location

Knob Noster (Mo.)38.76668, -93.55855
Google Map of 38.7666798, -93.55854579999999
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No known restrictions on images made by the U.S. Government; images copied from other sources may be restricted. http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/114_habs.html

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