Titan 2 Missile Explotion

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  • 6:00 Am

    The 374th Strategic Missile Squadron (374 SMS) open in Damascus Arkansas
  • First Titan Made

    First Titan Made
    The first titan missile was made because The Air Force gave a contract to make an intercontinental ballistic missile when it was made it was called the Titan 1
    LGM-25C Titan II. (2017, December 07). Retrieved December 11, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGM-25C_Titan_II
  • 7:30 am

    7:30 am
    The first successful test of a Titan took place in January of 1960. A little over two days later, the first Titan I's became operational, based out of Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado on January 4th 1960.
  • 12:30 Am

    The 374 SMS was equipped with the LGM-25C Titan II Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), with a mission of nuclear deterrence
  • Other mishaps

    2 engines failed to launch at silo 395-C because the hyperbolic fuel tank and oxidizer tank were leaking and were gathering at the bottom of the silo. Many civilians were evacuated from the Command and control center
    1980 Damascus Titan missile explosion. (2017, December 09). Retrieved December 11, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980_Damascus_Titan_missile_explosion
  • 6:30 pm

     6:30 pm
    Two airmen from a propellant transfer system team were checking the pressure on the oxidizer tank on a socket, a wrench socket was accidentally dropped approximately 80 feet before hitting a thrust mount and piercing the skin on the missile's first-stage fuel tank, causing it to leak a cloud of its aerozine 50 fuel.
  • 9:00 pm

    9:00 pm
    The Leak was detected and the Air Force personnel manning the site were evacuated. About one hour later, Air Force security police began evacuating nearby civilian residents as efforts continued to determine the status of the missile and the fuel leak.
  • 3:00 am

    3:00 am
    a two-man investigation team entered the silo.the two were ordered to evacuate.The team was then ordered to reenter the silo to turn on an exhaust fan.Senior Airman David Livingston reentered the silo to carry out the order and shortly thereafter,at about the hypergolic fuel exploded.The initial explosion catapulted the 740 ton silo door away from the silo and ejected the second stage and warhead.Once clear of the silo the second stage exploded.The W53 warhead landed about 100 feet from the gate
  • 7:20 Am

    7:20 Am
    Senior Airman David Livingston was seriously injured and later died at the hospital, while 21 others in the immediate vicinity of the blast were seriously injured.The entire launch complex was destroyed. luckily the nuclear warhead had safety features that prevented the loss of nuclear material (in other words it did not explode)
  • October 1980

    October 1980
    In early October 1980, cleanup operations gathered tons of debris from around 400 acres surrounding the launch complex and pumped some 100,000 gallons of contaminated water from the silo. The total cost to replace Launch Complex 374-7 was estimated at $225,322,670, while demolition and cleanup were expected to cost $20,000,000. Ultimately, the Air Force decided to seal the complex with soil, gravel, and small concrete debris.
  • The Titan's deactivation

    The last titan 2 missile was deactivated in May the 5th 1987. The last place that had a titan 2 missile was silo 373-8 in Judsonia Arkansas. With the warheads removed they were put in storage in a place in Arizona but were later taken apart for parts
    1980 Damascus Titan missile explosion. (2017, December 09). Retrieved December 11, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980_Damascus_Titan_missile_explosion