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Nike Missile Base Tour Page 1
Nike Missile Base, Denton Texas
Underground Inside Magazine C.
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I would like to give a very big THANKS to UNT Risk Management and Environmental
Services for taking me out to get the photos for this virtual tour.
"C" Entry Stairway
This is the entry doors to the "C" missile magazine. Railing behind
entry doors surrounds a metal door covered pit. I guess there was some type of
equipment in the pit but I couldn't tell because it was covered. See photos below
of entry stairway into "C" magazine.
Inside Magazine "C"
The entry stairway opens into the magazine main missile storage room. You can
see the entry stairs through the left door. The right door goes to the personnel
room. My guide told me that the "B" magazine had been cleaned up and
was in far better condition than this "C" magazine but he didn't have
the key to unlock that magazine so we couldn't access it. This magazine was in
O.K. condition but had about 2 feet of water in it at one time. Almost all the
lights were operational so it made exploration easy.
Looking across magazine "C" from the southeast corner. You can see the
large size of the underground room with the missile lift in the center. The tracks
that the missiles rolled on have been removed. The lift in this magazine didn't
appear to be operational. Sump pumps had been installed in the center of the lift
pit and the pipes ran up through the center of the platform.
Various Photos Inside "C" Magazine
Here are a few different views of the large magazine room. Upper left photo: view
from northeast corner. Upper center photo: another view from northeast corner.
Upper right photo: yes, another view from northeast corner. Lower left photo:
view from southwest corner. Doors in far northeast corner are a air ventilation
equipment room (left) and a empty storage room (right). Lower center photo: looking
up at lift from north end. Lower right photo: looking up at lift from south end.
Various Magazine Detail Photos
Various stuff in magazine "C." Upper left photo: massive hydraulic unit
for lift. Upper center photo: pneumatic closer for air vent. Upper right photo:
huge fan unit in air equipment room. This fan must be at least 6 feet in diameter.
Lower left photo: some indicator lights on the north wall. Lower center photo:
escape hatch latter to surface. Lower right photo: I don't know what the heck
this thing is. It has some vent pipes going to the surface.
Magazine "C" PersonnelRoom
This small room is accessed via the right door in the second photo from the top
of this page. The launcher crew personnel would take refuge in this room during
missile firing. A tunnel leads to this room from the magazine room. The tunnel
runs parallel to the entry stairway. There are 2 blast doors that close this room
off from the magazine room. This room still has the large A/C unit hanging from
the ceiling. This room is in pretty poor condition but could probably be cleaned
Various Photos Of The Personnel Room
Here are some photos of the personnel room. This is where the launcher crew took
refuge during missile firing. Upper left photo: looking through door to magazine
room into tunnel. The first door is a regular steel door and the second door is
a blast door. Firing room is to right around corner at end of tunnel. Upper center
left photo: looking toward firing room from first blast door. Walls are covered
in some type of metal mesh with insulation behind it. Upper center right photo:
looking back toward magazine room from turn in tunnel to firing room. Upper right
photo: firing room blast door. Lower left photo: firing room blast door from inside
firing room. Lower center left photo: panels on firing room wall. Lower center
right photo: firing room escape ladder and hatch blast door at northest corner
of firing room. Lower right photo: looking up firing room escape hatch ladder.
There has been one Nike base near San Fransisco that has been fully restored.
Here are a couple of links to web sites with photos of the site. It's nice to
see one of these sites has been restored.
A virtual tour of the San Fransisco site http://ed-thelen.org/t_tour.html
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