Despite its history, not much of the abandoned Nike missile base remains to be seen on Hart Island. Just a few swathes of concrete, some rusting fences, and the occasional crumbling building, situated to the north of an equally abandoned asylum and the eerie potter’s field.
This means that in order to build a base such as that, it must be known to the public. Sure, the fine details of it are often kept secret. But the existence of such a base cannot happen without congress knowing about it.
Army Air-Defense Command Post (AADCP) B-21DC established at Fort Heath, MA in 1960 for Nike missile command-and-control functions. The site was an AN/FSG-l Missile-Master Radar Direction Center. In early 1965 the AN/TSQ-51 "Missile Mentor" solid-state computer system was installed. B-21DC was integrated with the USAF Air Defense Command/NORAD Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) air defense radar network as Site MM-1.
KC-65DC was integrated with the USAF Air Defense Command/NORAD Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) air defense radar network as Site P-72 / Z-72. Air Force operations ended 8 Sep 1968; the AADCP inactivated in 1969
Approximately 140 crew operated the three aboveground missile barns and guarded against attacks from Cuban air strikes. The personnel of Battery A received a meritorious unit commendation from President John F. Kennedy, which was one of the few times the award was presented for a Cold War deterrence mission.
How do you explain this ….. man’s grand mechanizations, or is it arrogance. Where and how does man best live in harmony with nature ? pss. Love your first impressions of the fast food nation.
In short, I can't find any reason to justify building a secret launch site by the Canadian border in northern Minnesota. I apologize to the Minnesotans out there, but it's just not worth the extra funds. I could have missed something, but I doubt the US government would ever build a site in this area.
The following is a list of Nike missile sites. This article lists sites in the United States, however the United States Army also deployed Nike missiles to Europe as part of the NATO alliance, with sites being operated by both American and European military forces. U.S. Army Nike sites were also operational in South Korea, Japan and were sold to Taiwan.
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So I want to set my post-nuclear story in a small town in Minnesota on the US/Canadian border that's secretly home to an active missile site hidden beneath the local Air Force National Guard base. The town survived the nuclear holocaust relatively intact due to the soldiers stationed there refusing to launch their missiles even in the face of armageddon, thus keeping their strategic value a secret and their location off the radar, which saved the lives of the townsfolk and everyone on base.
As a state formerly owned by Russia, Alaska had a lot to worry about during the Cold War. The maritime border between the two even had its own name: ‘the frozen curtain.’ In order to fend off any Russian advances, the state installed its own Nike missile sites deep in its icy interior.
Offutt AFB Defense Area (OF): Provided a Nike Hercules defense for Omaha's Offutt AFB, which was the Headquarters of the Strategic Air Command. Offutt also hosted SAC tankers and Atlas missiles were deployed around the area in the early 1960s. An Army Air-Defense Command Post (AADCP) was established at Omaha AFS, NE in 1959 for Nike missile command-and-control functions. The site was equipped with the AN/GSG-5(V) BIRDIE solid-state computer system.
Additionally, as DJClayworth pointed out, it's fiction. You get to make things up. If I were you, I'd be tempted to create a fictitious military or research installation of moderate importance - something which the Soviet Union would maybe like to destroy but which wouldn't be so important that soldiers refusing to launch the weapons would have a drastic impact.
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Not every abandoned Nike missile base was demolished or left to rot. Some were repurposed for various uses, either within the military or for the improvement of the local town. Such was the case with the site near Manchester, Connecticut.
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(Image: US Army; Project Nike missiles on display at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama)
LA-45DC was integrated with the USAF Air Defense Command/NORAD Semi Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) air defense radar network as Site RP-39 / Z-39 The AADCP was inactivated 1 Sep 1974 along with the remaining Nike Hercules sites.
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Nike site on Key Largo. Wasn’t a bad duty station! Gone now except for ruins. Really makes me feel old LOL
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(Images: Bing; cianci99/YouTube; repurposed buildings at the abandoned Nike missile base)
Although the site was deactivated in the 1970s, parts of it remain standing to this day. An order to completely demolish the place in the early-2000s was deemed too expensive to carry out, resulting in a semi-desolate wasteland. Seen in winter, under a layer of heavy snow, it looks almost magical; a living ghost of a long-gone war.
The base was listed on the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Register of Historic Places on July 27, 2004 as an historic district. The area includes 22 buildings and structures associated with events that have made a significant contribution to American history. Some of the extant structures include three missile barns, a missile assembly building, a guard dog kennel, barracks and a number of other features.
Seattle Defense Area (S): Home of Boeing Aircraft Company and military installations, Seattle was ringed with defenses manned by both Regular Army and Washington National Guard units. Nike Ajax sites were phased out from 1960 to 1963. Sites at (S-13) Redmond, (S-61) Vashon Island, and (S-92) Bainbridge Island were upgraded to launch Nike Hercules missiles and survived until 1974.
Army Air-Defense Command Post (AADCP) S-90DC established at Fort Lawton AFS, WA in 1960 for Nike missile command-and-control functions. The site was initially an AN/FSG-l Missile-Master Radar Direction Center. It was later equipped with the AN/GSG-5(V) BIRDIE solid-state computer system.
Secret Nike missile sites
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Army Air-Defense Command Post (AADCP) C-80DC established at Arlington Heights AI, IL in 1960 for Nike missile command-and-control functions. The site was initially an AN/FSG-l Missile-Master Radar Direction Center. It was later upgraded to the AN/TSQ-51 "Missile Mentor" solid-state computer system.
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So is it plausible that the US still has secret missile sites?
An Army Air-Defense Command Post (AADCP) was established at Cape Charles AFS, VA in 1958 for Nike missile command-and-control functions. The site was equipped with the AN/GSG-5(V) BIRDIE solid-state computer system.
Nike site C47, in Portage, Indiana, is also on the National Register of Historic Places
HM-69 was also highly significant because of the technologies employed. The South Florida missile defenses were integrated with HAWK missile sites to provide an all-altitude defense capability around South Florida.
It isn't plausible that the US still has secret Nike missile sites for very long after the public stand-down of the system, because they would still need technical support from the manufacturers, notably replacement parts, and this would get harder to keep secret, and more and more expensive, as time passed.
Travis AFB Defense Area (T): Established to defend the USAF Strategic Air Command, later Military Airlift Command base. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Travis battalion assumed responsibility for the remaining active batteries guarding the entire San Francisco region. Inactivated by 1974.
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