THE JUPITER MISSILES OF TURKEY
(The Other Missiles of October)

1961-1962

by
George L Smith




The story of Chrysler Corporation Missile Division's Installation and Checkout Team 2 and their activities in 1961 and 1962 involved in establishing Jupiter missile sites in Turkey as seen from the perspective of George L. Smith, then a 19-year old member of the team. These Jupiter missiles would become a contributing factor during the Cuban missile crisis of October, 1962.

Click on the menu's "Photo" menu selection to see photos of the various aspects of life on a remote missile site to include travel to and from the sites, life on the sites, and setting up the Jupiter missiles for operational use.

NEW! Click HERE to view photos of the destruction of Jupiter missiles following the Cuban Missile Crises!

The "Links" menu selection will provide additional links to other sites having pertinent information about the Jupiter Missiles.

The Missile Crises menu selection brings you to a talking paper that addresses the role Jupiter Missiles played during the Missile Crisis of October 1962, and the confrontation between then President Kennedy and the Premiere of Russia, N. Krushchev.

For an inside story of our journey to Turkey, our experiences there...including working with the Jupiter Missiles... from a personal perspective, click HERE for the PDF document.

Note: I was fortunate to have received anecdotal updates via email to two of the stories I had included in my "Jupiter Missiles in Turkey" story (above link) from Ron Robertson. Click HERE to read his updates.

[NOTE: If any of our visitors has photos taken at Cigli AFB, please get in touch! I've had requests to post some of the base, but I don't have any! Contact: glsmith@hlswilliwaw.com.] Thanks!

CMSgt Ron Dupell sent several photos of Cigli AFB flight line and housing, along with several pictures of downtown Izmir. Check these out, click HERE.