Nike Missile Site SF-88
 

Nike Missile Site SF-88

A former launch site for Nike Hercules[a] missiles. The base is still fully functional, but the missiles are (of course) not.

Missile tracking radar (front) and Low Power Acquisition Radar (LOPAR) antenna. The former was used to guide the missile to the target, and the latter would detect the incoming Soviet bombers.

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Nuclear warhead transport container. The container would be taken to the assembly building and positioned behind the avionics section that make up the rear of the nose cone. The package then slides out on the two rails and can be attached to the nose cone.

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Assembly building.

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Hatch that leads down to the "missile garage". Missiles would be lifted up through this hatch and positioned on the rails going left and right. When seen from above[b] the launch configuration is clear - two missiles to the right and one to the left, with the fourth being launched from the garage.

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Nike Hercules missile on the elevator.

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Nike Hercules missile on the elevator with elevator doors open.

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Entrance to the missile garage.

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Nike Hercules missile erected for launch.

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Missile being moved on elevator.

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[a]

http://nikemissile.org/IFC/nike_hercules.shtml

[b]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nike_Missile_Site_SF-88#/media/File:Nike_Site_SF-88L_(2748317393).jpg