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Davis-Monthan AFB


Titan 2 ICBM base. Davis-Monthan, a US military base since 1925, was selected in 1960 as the headquarters for a Titan 2 ICBM wing (the 570th). By the end of 1962 18 silos had been built, at the cost of five lives and many injuries. The missiles remained on alert in their silos for nearly twenty years, until the decision was taken to retire them in October 1981. The missiles were removed for refurbishment and use as space launchers. The silos were demolished with explosives beginning 30 November 1983. One silo was preserved as the Titan Missile Museum.

For a brief period in the mid-1980's between the start of production and its elimination under the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Davis-Monthan was a training facility for the BGM-109G Ground Launched Cruise Missile. Two training missiles and 27 training launch canisters at the base were destroyed in 1988 after the treaty was signed.

Location: Arizona.
Longitude: -110.9267 deg.
Latitude: 32.2236 deg.

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Davis-Monthan AFB Chronology


1962 January 1 - . Launch Site: Davis-Monthan AFB. LV Family: Titan. Launch Vehicle: Titan 2.
  • Titan 2 390th SMW and 570th SMS (9 missiles) activated at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona. - . Nation: USA.

1962 May 1 - . Launch Site: Davis-Monthan AFB. LV Family: Titan. Launch Vehicle: Titan 2.
  • Titan 2 571st SMS (9 missiles) activated within the 390th SMW at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona. - . Nation: USA.

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