351st Missile Wing LGM-30 Minuteman Missile Launch Sites

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Emblem of the 351st Strategic Missile Wing

Coordinates: 38°43′49″N 093°32′53″W / 38.73028°N 93.54806°W / 38.73028; -93.54806 (Whiteman AFB)

This is a list of the LGM-30 Minuteman missile Missile Alert Facilities and Launch Facilities of the 351st Strategic Missile Wing, 20th Air Force, assigned to Whiteman AFB, Missouri.

Overview[edit]

The 351st Strategic Missile Wing was the third United States Air Force LGM-30 Minuteman ICBM wing, the second with the LGM-30B Minuteman I. After the announcement on 14 June 1961, there were second thoughts about the choice as original plans called for launchers to be spread into the Lake of the Ozarks region. Due to the terrain inaccessibility and the high water table, these plans were scrapped. Consequently, when the final approval came on 17 January 1962, the launchers were placed in the vicinity of Whiteman AFB, making this the smallest Minuteman base with regard to area.

Activated on 1 February 1963, the 351st Strategic Missile Wing received its first Minuteman IB missile from the Boeing plant at Hill AFB, Utah, on 14 January 1964. Soon the silos assigned to the three operational squadrons of wing were made operational. By 29 June 1964, the last flight of missiles went on alert status, making the 351st a fully operational strategic missile wing.

Beginning on 7 May 1966, and throughout the rest of 1966 and into 1967, the Air Force replaced the Minuteman IBs with LGM-30F Minuteman IIs. The completed transition in October 1967 gave the 351st SMW the distinction of being the first wing to complete the Force Modernization Program.

The 28 September 1991 order from President Bush to take Minuteman II missiles off alert status ended the 351st's role as an active ICBM wing. Subsequently, the Air Force removed the wing's 150 Minuteman II missiles from service. The wing and its three squadrons of ICBMs were inactivated on 28 July 1995. Under the START I treaty, the missiles were removed and the sites destroyed. The first silo was imploded on 8 December 1993 and the last on 15 December 1997.

Today, Whiteman AFB is the home of the 509th Bomb Wing and the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber. One of the retired Minuteman IB is on display. In addition, the Oscar One (O-01) Missile Alert Facility (MAF) is now preserved as a museum. Of the 100 Minuteman LCFs built for the six Minuteman missile wings, this is the only one constructed on the support base itself. Active and retired military personnel with valid identification can tour the facility by contacting the 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs office. Due to the ongoing "War on Terrorism", it is closed to the general public.

Facilities[edit]

Missile Alert Facility
Launch Control Center
Minuteman III Launch Facility

The Missile Alert Facility (MAF) consists of a buried and hardened Launch Control Facility (LCC) and an above-ground Launch Control Support Building (LCSB). MAFs were formerly known as Launch Control Facilities (LCFs) but terminology was changed in 1992 with the inactivation of Strategic Air Command (SAC). In addition, a MAF has a landing pad for helicopters; a large radio tower; a large "top hat" HF antenna; a vehicle garage for security vehicles; recreational facilities, and one or two sewage lagoons. The entire site, except for the helicopter pad and sewage lagoons are secured with a fence and security personnel. About a dozen airmen and officers are assigned to a MAF.

The underground LCC Launch Control Center (LCC) contains the command and control equipment for missile operations. It is staffed by the two launch officers who have primary control and responsibility for the 10 underground and hardened Launch Facilities (LF)s within its flight which contains the operational missile. Each of the five LCCs also has the ability to command and monitor all 50 LFs within the squadron. The LF is unmanned, except when maintenance and security personnel are needed.

A squadron is composed of five flights; flights are denoted by a letter of the alphabet with the facilities controlled by the flight being designated by a number, 01 through 11, with 01 being the MAF.

Units and locations[edit]

508th Strategic Missile Squadron[edit]

Activated by Strategic Air Command on 9 August 1962. Organized on 1 May 1963. Inactivated on 28 July 1995.

Emblem of the 508th Strategic Missile Squadron
508th Strategic Missile Squadron - Missile Alert Facilities and Launch Facilities
A-02 5.8 mi E of Blackburn MO, 39°07′03″N 093°22′33″W / 39.11750°N 93.37583°W / 39.11750; -93.37583 (A-02)
A-03 9.1 mi ExSE of Blackburn MO, 39°03′45″N 093°19′25″W / 39.06250°N 93.32361°W / 39.06250; -93.32361 (A-03)
A-04 8.3 mi SE of Blackburn MO, 39°00′32″N 093°23′32″W / 39.00889°N 93.39222°W / 39.00889; -93.39222 (A-04)
A-05 9.3 mi S of Blackburn MO, 38°58′23″N 093°27′38″W / 38.97306°N 93.46056°W / 38.97306; -93.46056 (A-05)
A-06 11.4 mi NxNE of Blackburn MO, 38°57′42″N 093°35′04″W / 38.96167°N 93.58444°W / 38.96167; -93.58444 (A-06)
A-07 13.1 mi NE of Blackburn MO, 38°59′44″N 093°40′52″W / 38.99556°N 93.68111°W / 38.99556; -93.68111 (A-07)
A-08 5.8 mi SW of Blackburn MO, 39°02′34″N 093°33′11″W / 39.04278°N 93.55306°W / 39.04278; -93.55306 (A-08)
A-09 9.1 mi ExNE of Blackburn MO, 39°03′08″N 093°38′14″W / 39.05222°N 93.63722°W / 39.05222; -93.63722 (A-09)
A-10 8.4 mi ExNE of Blackburn MO, 39°07′57″N 093°37′52″W / 39.13250°N 93.63111°W / 39.13250; -93.63111 (A-10)
A-11 1.5 mi N of Blackburn MO, 39°07′38″N 093°29′07″W / 39.12722°N 93.48528°W / 39.12722; -93.48528 (A-11)

509th Missile Squadron[edit]

Activated by Strategic Air Command on 11 October 1962. Organized on 1 May 1963. Inactivated on 28 July 1995.

Emblem of the 509th Missile Squadron
509th Missile Squadron - Missile Alert Facilities and Launch Facilities
F-02 10.7 mi NE of Windsor MO, 38°37′53″N 093°22′12″W / 38.63139°N 93.37000°W / 38.63139; -93.37000 (F-02)
F-03 7.5 mi E of Windsor MO, 38°32′12″N 093°23′03″W / 38.53667°N 93.38417°W / 38.53667; -93.38417 (F-03)
F-04 12.9 mi W of Windsor MO, 38°30′00″N 093°17′17″W / 38.50000°N 93.28806°W / 38.50000; -93.28806 (F-04)
F-05 11.0 mi WxNW of Windsor MO, 38°26′57″N 093°20′58″W / 38.44917°N 93.34944°W / 38.44917; -93.34944 (F-05)
F-06 14.7 mi NW of Windsor MO, 38°22′42″N 093°20′06″W / 38.37833°N 93.33500°W / 38.37833; -93.33500 (F-06)
F-07 9.4 mi SxSE of Windsor MO, 38°24′26″N 093°27′17″W / 38.40722°N 93.45472°W / 38.40722; -93.45472 (F-07)
F-08 13.8 mi N of Windsor MO, 38°19′58″N 093°32′39″W / 38.33278°N 93.54417°W / 38.33278; -93.54417 (F-08)
F-09 6.1 mi S of Windsor MO, 38°26′38″N 093°31′58″W / 38.44389°N 93.53278°W / 38.44389; -93.53278 (F-09)
F-10 1.8 mi NxNW of Windsor MO, 38°33′29″N 093°31′46″W / 38.55806°N 93.52944°W / 38.55806; -93.52944 (F-10)
F-11 6.3 mi NxNE of Windsor MO, 38°36′51″N 093°28′21″W / 38.61417°N 93.47250°W / 38.61417; -93.47250 (F-11)

510th Missile Squadron[edit]

Activated by Strategic Air Command on 15 November 1962. Organized on 1 May 1963. Inactivated on 28 July 1995.

Emblem of the 510th Missile Squadron
510th Missile Squadron - Missile Alert Facilities and Launch Facilities
K-02 5.8 mi WxNW of Adrian MO, 38°25′21″N 094°27′13″W / 38.42250°N 94.45361°W / 38.42250; -94.45361 (K-02)
K-03 1.6 mi W of Adrian MO, 38°23′47″N 094°22′50″W / 38.39639°N 94.38056°W / 38.39639; -94.38056 (K-03)
K-04 4.1 mi SxSE of Adrian MO, 38°20′21″N 094°20′09″W / 38.33917°N 94.33583°W / 38.33917; -94.33583 (K-04)
K-05 10.5 mi SxSE of Adrian MO, 38°15′41″N 094°16′02″W / 38.26139°N 94.26722°W / 38.26139; -94.26722 (K-05)
K-06 15.3 mi NxNW of Adrian MO, 38°11′07″N 094°16′29″W / 38.18528°N 94.27472°W / 38.18528; -94.27472 (K-06)
K-07 7.7 mi SxSW of Adrian MO, 38°17′43″N 094°24′35″W / 38.29528°N 94.40972°W / 38.29528; -94.40972 (K-07)
K-08 20.8 mi N of Adrian MO, 38°05′46″N 094°20′18″W / 38.09611°N 94.33833°W / 38.09611; -94.33833 (K-08)
K-09 13.3 mi N of Adrian MO, 38°12′32″N 094°23′41″W / 38.20889°N 94.39472°W / 38.20889; -94.39472 (K-09)
K-10 11.7 mi NE of Adrian MO, 38°18′10″N 094°31′47″W / 38.30278°N 94.52972°W / 38.30278; -94.52972 (K-10)
K-11 19.7 mi W of Adrian MO, 38°23′59″N 094°31′47″W / 38.39972°N 94.52972°W / 38.39972; -94.52972 (K-11)

.** Preserved at Whiteman AFB.

References[edit]

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