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Air Force Facility Missile Site 8

1580 West Duval Mine RoadAir Force Facility Missile Site 8
Sahuarita, Arizona

The Titan Missile Museum, also known as Air Force Facility Missile Site 8 or as Titan II ICBM Site 571-7, is a former ICBM missile site. It is located about 15 mi south of Tucson. It is now a museum run by the nonprofit Arizona Aerospace Foundation and includes an inert Titan II intercontinental ballistic missile in the silo, as well as the original launch facilities.

  • It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1994.

Tourist Attractions

A visitor center for the site features a gift shop, a small museum and guided tours of the site. The museum is intended to put the Titan II within the context of the Cold War. Paid tours are available for hire, offering education about the history of the Titan II site and program, as well as a closer look at many features of the complex. Relics include hardstands for fuel storage containers and the associated control vehicles, restored engines from a Titan II missile, and a re-entry vehicle.

Tours below ground may include the control room, the cableways (tunnels), the silo, antennna tower and more. More information can be found and reservations may be made via the museum web site. Several times each month a more extensive "top to bottom" tour is available. This tour takes up to 5 hours and accommodates a maximum of six people. Prior reservations required. The top to bottom tour is not handicapped accessible.

Several scenes in the 1996 film Star Trek: First Contact were shot at the site. The missile itself was depicted as the launch vehicle for the film's Phoenix spacecraft, the first warp prototype; at one point, Data notes the profound irony that a WMD was used to bring about the global peace and unity of Trek's future.

National Historic Landmark Designation - April 19, 1994):

This is the sole remaining Titan II Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) complex of the 54 that were "on alert" during the Cold War between 1963 and 1987; as such, it is the single remaining example of the liquid-fueled ICBM launch facilities utilized by the Strategic Air Command. The Titan II missile carried the largest single warhead used in the ICBM program and was capable of destroying targets that Atlas, Titan I, and Minuteman I and II missiles could not.

Built in response to the the "missile gap" panic of the late 1950s and early 1960s, Titan II Missile Site 571-7 provides a unique window into the design, construction, and operation of a weapon system built to survive a first-strike nuclear attack and be able to launch its missile if so ordered. The site has retained or assembled all of the above and below ground command and control facilities as well as the missile silo itself, which contains a Titan II missile.

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