My husband is a nuke nerd. So when we recently visited Tucson, we couldn't avoid - I mean pass up - the chance to see the only Titan missile silo open to the public. We signed up for the "Top to Bottom" tour and spent the morning climbing through the silo. I actually learned a lot...and will admit that I had fun doing it. I strongly advise visiting the silo and taking this tour. If you are lucky enough to get Norm Goetz and Tom McConnell as your guides, then you are in for a great experience. We started topside with a short film and then entered the silo. We got to "launch" the missile, see where the crew slept, push open the blast doors and crawl up ladders to peek in nooks and crannies on every level. We learned that ox blood was used to put out fires and the best part -- got to descend to the bottom of the "W" blast deflector on level 9 and look up. That was the absolutely best part! If you are going to take the special tour, register early. Groups are kept small and ours had been sold out weeks in advance. Also, be prepared to climb. If your climbing days are over, there are other tours. Regardless of what you do, you will leave learning something new and can't help but be impressed with what engineers were able to do with a slide rule fifty years ago. The construction of the silo itself is a marvel. Enjoy!
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