Spirit of Oplin   -   2003
1st Entrance Gate to Atlas Missile Silo Site # 5  -  Oplin, Texas
Note: This is a Private Gate and did not exist during the Air Force Years
 
Zoom View of Entrance Road to Atlas Missile Silo Site # 5  -  Oplin, Texas
 
Original Main Entrance Gate to Atlas Missile Silo Site # 5  -  Oplin, Texas
 
View from just inside Original Main Entrance Gate
 
Bruce Townsley,  Current Owner of Atlas Missle Silo  -  Site # 5  -  Oplin, Texas
 
View of Silo Cap covering 50 foot diameter by 185 foot deep underground silo
 
Entrance Stairs to underground Launch Control Center and Silo
Sloping Roof in Foreground covers Original LCC Escape Hatch - Note: A/C unit at intake Pipe to LCC
 
First Set of Blast Doors at Bottom of Entrance Stairs to Launch Control Center
 
Drawings showing layout of Launch Control Center and Silo
 
Bruce Townsley, at the Entrance to the Stairwell Vestibule going to Launch Control Center
 
Stairwell into Launch Control Center
 
Entrance to Living Quarters of Launch Control Center AND
YES!   Bruce ask you to remove your shoes to keep the carpet clean - I gladly did so
 
Bruce's revamped Kitchen Area located on the Living Quarters Floor of the Launch Control Center
 
Bruce's revamped Bed Room Area located on the Living Quarters Floor of the Launch Control Center
 
The Launch Console or 1st Floor area of the Launch Control Center - Currently being Remodeled
 
Entrance to Tunnel from Launch Control Center with Tunnel Blast Door Closed
 
Tunnel - Looking back towards Launch Control Center
 
Tunnel - Looking back towards Launch Control Center
 
Tunnel and Two Blast Doors from just inside the Silo on Level 2
 
Silo Level 2 - Were Air Handler for Heat/Ventilations and Air Conditioning Systems was located
 
Silo Level 2 - Looking inside Missile Enclosure and down towards Level 3 in Southeastern direction
Note: Spiral Stairway and Handrail on Left
 
Silo Level 2 - Northeast Quad in area were Launch Platform Counter Weights traveled
Note: Crib Suspension Mounting Bracket on East Wall
 
Silo Level 2 - Southwest Quad showing Confetti from illegal entry during era silos were vacated
 
Silo Level 2  -  Crib Suspension Mounting Bracket  -  East Wall
 
Silo Level 2  -  Looking inside Missile Enclosure and up at Level 1 Elevator Doors
 
Silo Level 2  -  Looking across Missile Enclosure towards Southeast quad
Note Spiral Stairway and Hand Rail
 
Silo Level 2  -  Looking down inside Missile Enclosure and towards Northwest Corner
 
Silo Level 2  -  Looking out through the Silo Door - Chain Link Fence is stretched across opening for safety
Note: Missing Bracket for connecting Hydraulic Cylinder to Door
 
After Many years the Silo sees daylight once again, Thanks Bruce
 
Bruce and his Newly Cast Bracket for mounting the Hydraulic Cylinder to the Silo Door
 
The Silo is kept dry by pumping the water out with the discharge hose running through the Collimater Tube
 
Office Quonset used by General Dynamic Astronautics during Installation & Checkout of the Atlas - 1962
 
Top Side View looking towards North West - Atlas Missile Silo Site # 5
 
Top Side View looking towards South West and Entrance Gate to Atlas Missile Silo Site # 5
 
Highway Sign Authorized by the State of Texas on the Highway to Lawn and Oplin Sites
 
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