Started by Nikos, November 06, 2015, 02:52:26 PM
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Quote from: Nikos on November 06, 2015, 02:52:26 PMWe're the Nike sites that protected the coasts of the US, part of the Air Force?
Quote from: THRAWN on November 06, 2015, 03:30:08 PMThere's still a bunch of them around, rotting into the ground. I lived near one in NJ and it was spooooooky in the dark of the fall.
Quote from: TheSkyHornet on November 06, 2015, 03:54:21 PMDon't confuse Nike as the blanket term for all missile defense systems (anti-ballistic missiles) positioned around the country. While Nike was an Army project, the Air Force did have their own, very similar, ICBM project known as Project Wizard, although much short-lived. The Army also had Project Zeus which was an alternative to the Nike project, also short-lived. In short, not all missile sites were Nike, though the overwhelming majority were. The Ground-Based Mid-course Defense system (GMD) is essentially the replacement for the old Nike sites, controlled by the Army. These missiles are used to intercept primarily long-range surface-fired ballistic missiles or those launched from space. They're designed to travel through space, through low orbit, if needed. They're an interception missile to take out incoming nukes, although they can be used to carry nuclear warheads for strike purposes. Currently, the THAAD system is operated by the Army's Air Defense Artillery branch, which uses mobile ground vehicles for shorter-range interception, similar to the Aegis Combat System used by the Navy on surface ships. GMD, THAAD, and Aegis are all overseen by the Missile Defense Agency, which is a joint operation of the Department of Defense.
Quote from: Luis R. Ramos on November 06, 2015, 04:37:59 PMOne of the sites in California has been rebuilt and reopened as a museum. it has a fully-operational missile elevator.Another site in Florida's Everglades is either being reopened as a museum, or opened already.What most people do not know is that the Nike-Hercules was designed to carry either a conventional or nuclear warhead...
Quote from: MSG Mac on November 06, 2015, 05:13:14 PMThese sites were around every city form the 60's into the 80's. Massachusetts Wing had a Squadron that met in a deactivated silo in the 90's
Quote from: Nikos on November 06, 2015, 09:27:14 PMThanks for the great link about Nike Sites. I got into a site about something called "Texas Towers" out in the Atlantic Ocean. They had Air Force crews? Not Navy?
Quote from: Garibaldi on November 06, 2015, 09:29:20 PMQuote from: Nikos on November 06, 2015, 09:27:14 PMThanks for the great link about Nike Sites. I got into a site about something called "Texas Towers" out in the Atlantic Ocean. They had Air Force crews? Not Navy?I think those were under Air Force control. They got their name by the way they resemble an oil rig.
Quote from: RRLE on November 07, 2015, 01:42:00 AMCT had several Nike sites. My wife's family lived near one of them. This web site has info had what happened to a lot of them Nike Sites of CT. There is a photograph on this site showing the current state of the former Fairfield Nike site and data about the others.
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