This terrible piece of our nation's history is preserved lovingly in the amazing Sonoran desert. It is one of a small group of historical museums operated by a non-profit foundation, so your Golden Eagle pass will not work. Don't argue with the docents about it as I saw one man doing. Just pay the small entrance fee that helps this place stay open, and have a nice short tour with someone who cares very much about preserving this story so that maybe history will not need to be repeated.
You might be moved, as I was. I was the lucky volunteer who was able to sit in the Captain's chair in front of the master control board during my tour. When the orders to fire the missile came in, it was my responsibility to turn the key. I suddenly realized what it took for the personnel who had been assigned to this post to bury their conscience and do what their Commander-in-Chief ordered them to do. *I* don't think I could have done it in real life. I once again thank those servicepeople whose jobs enabled me to live my fluffy, carefree American life. I salute you.
As for the hardware, as they say, they can't replace any of the parts if they fall off or break. Nonetheless, this museum is so clean and well-maintained you can't tell that you aren't actually going back to the 1960s. It is impeccable.
I recommend this museum to everyone, but especially hope that people bring their children here. Not the very young, but certainly pre-teens and up.
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