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USAF Model HGM-25A Missile Weapon System Operator’s Manual

I tonight came across the operator’s manual for a Titan Missile complex. It’s an enormous, 600-page PDF that I just cannot stop reading. It is fascinating in a very literal sense for me–I’ve spent a few hours more than I intended to already reading this–because it hits several of my buttons: Big Tech, Nuclear Weapons, Cold War Engineering.

I love that there is a checklist for post-launch shutdown and hardening. The crew at the complex may have just participated in a nuclear holocaust which may drive the human race extinct, but the ones in the bunker will at least have a fair shot at surviving the immediate aftermath.

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Comment by Rourke Mac OS X Mozilla Firefox 3.0.1 Subscribed to comments via email
2009-08-14 20:57:06

. . . wow. Talk about rules and regulations.

 

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