Earl Coon's Personal Collection of Photographs
Dyess Air Force Base - 1961 / 1962 - Abilene, Texas
An Atlas Missile Silo during Construction & Activation - Dyess Air Force Base - 1961 / 1962
 
An Atlas Missile Silo during Construction & Activation - Dyess Air Force Base - 1961 / 1962
 
The Missile looking Tank sitting on top of the Launch Platform was called the Water Bird and it was just that, A tank filled with water to simulate a fully loaded Atlas Missile and was used to test and verify the integrity of the Launch Platform Elevator System prior to using the real missile.
 
An Atlas Missile Silo during Construction & Activation - Dyess Air Force Base - 1961 / 1962
 
An Atlas Missile Silo during Construction & Activation - Dyess Air Force Base - 1961 / 1962
 
A wonderful photograph depicting the days of our time in the era of 1961 / 1962
 
A wonderful photograph pretty depictive of how time marches on.
 
A wonderful photograph pretty depictive of how time marches on.
 
Frost indicates this photo was taken during a DPL Test

DPL stands for Dual Propellant Loading and was an All Up System Test to the point just prior to lift off when launching the Atlas Missile from the silo.

The Atlas was loaded with RP1 (Kerosene) and Liquid Oxygen while sitting in the 185 foot deep Silo. After loading it was raised above ground for firing. These six pictures are of a DPL test when the Atlas Missile was coming out of the hole to the UpLock Position.

 
Frost indicates this photo was taken during a DPL Test

DPL stands for Dual Propellant Loading and was an All Up System Test to the point just prior to lift off when launching the Atlas Missile from the silo.

The Atlas was loaded with RP1 (Kerosene) and Liquid Oxygen while sitting in the 185 foot deep Silo. After loading it was raised above ground for firing. These six pictures are of a DPL test when the Atlas Missile was coming out of the hole to the UpLock Position.

 
Frost indicates this photo was taken during a DPL Test

DPL stands for Dual Propellant Loading and was an All Up System Test to the point just prior to lift off when launching the Atlas Missile from the silo.

The Atlas was loaded with RP1 (Kerosene) and Liquid Oxygen while sitting in the 185 foot deep Silo. After loading it was raised above ground for firing. These six pictures are of a DPL test when the Atlas Missile was coming out of the hole to the UpLock Position.

 
Frost indicates this photo was taken during a DPL Test

DPL stands for Dual Propellant Loading and was an All Up System Test to the point just prior to lift off when launching the Atlas Missile from the silo.

The Atlas was loaded with RP1 (Kerosene) and Liquid Oxygen while sitting in the 185 foot deep Silo. After loading it was raised above ground for firing. These six pictures are of a DPL test when the Atlas Missile was coming out of the hole to the UpLock Position.

 
Frost indicates this photo was taken during a DPL Test

DPL stands for Dual Propellant Loading and was an All Up System Test to the point just prior to lift off when launching the Atlas Missile from the silo.

The Atlas was loaded with RP1 (Kerosene) and Liquid Oxygen while sitting in the 185 foot deep Silo. After loading it was raised above ground for firing. These six pictures are of a DPL test when the Atlas Missile was coming out of the hole to the UpLock Position.

 
Frost indicates this photo was taken during a DPL Test

DPL stands for Dual Propellant Loading and was an All Up System Test to the point just prior to lift off when launching the Atlas Missile from the silo.

The Atlas was loaded with RP1 (Kerosene) and Liquid Oxygen while sitting in the 185 foot deep Silo. After loading it was raised above ground for firing. These six pictures are of a DPL test when the Atlas Missile was coming out of the hole to the UpLock Position.

 
During a Dual Propellant Loading (DPL) Test, the Launch Complex was evacuated of all non essential personnel to a safe distance which was about a 1000 feet outside the complex parameter fence. This photograph is of the site personnel in the Fall Back Area during one of the DPL Test at Dyess Air Force Base.
 
An Atlas arrives at Dyess AFB after delivery from General Dynamic's Plant in San Diego, California
 
General Dynamic's Site Activation Crew of the Oplin Atlas Missile Silo
Dyess Air Force Base - Abilene, Texas - 1961 / 1962
 
General Dynamic's Site Activation Crew of a currently Unknown Atlas Missile Silo
Dyess Air Force Base - Abilene, Texas - 1961 / 1962
 
The Scheduling Boards for Installation and Check Out of  the 12 Atlas Missile Silos

The 12 Launch Complexes surrounding Dyess Air Force Base required considerable material and personal coordination to bring all the sites on line and turned over to the Air Force.

And just think - It was all done without computers !!!
 
Earl Coon   -   Gene Jesensky   -   Unknown
 
Earl Coon   -   Unknown   -   Gene Jesensky
 
Oplin Complex Supervisor, Gene Jesnesky and Chief of Launch Group "A", Earl Coon
 
Earl Coon's Appreciation Certificate for a Job Well Done
 
Photograph of an Atlas/Mercury Missile Launch during the 1961 / 1962 Time Period
 
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