The USAF National Museum includes a gallery dedicated to Space and Missiles built in a special "silo" designed building to house these tall behemoths. This presentation focuses only on the missile aspect of those displays.

While there are seven different missiles on display:

Chrysler SM-78/PGM-19A Jupiter
Douglas SM-75/PGM-17A Thor
Martin Marietta SM-68A/HGM-25 Titan I
Martin Marietta SM-68B/GM-25C Titan II
Thor Agena A
Boeing LGM-30G Minuteman III
Boeing LGM-118A Peacekeeper

the major focus within this gallery was with the Minuteman Missile Systems. I had worked with Minuteman systems from 1962-1966 while stationed at Chanute AFB, IL and Minot AFB, ND, so these displays brought back fond memories...even though I worked primarily inside at a Lab that was used to maintain the equipment you see installed here in the Launch Control Facilities.

A secondary focus was on one of America's earliest IRBMs, the Jupiter missile built by Chrysler Corporation's Missile Division. From 1961-1962 I worked with Installation Team #2, one of two teams in Turkey which was responsible for installing and bringing into operation three Jupiters per each of 5 sites located in remote areas of Turkey's mountainous outback. Their demise came about as a result of the Missile Crisis of October, 1962, when then President Kennedy agreed with the Russians to dismantle the Jupiter systems if Russia would in turn remove all of their installed missile systems in Cuba. The Jupiter missiles were in operation for little more than a year when they were removed and destroyed.

To learn more about the Jupiters in Turkey, visit: