Air Force Facility Missile Site 8
1580 West Duval Mine Road
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.
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
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
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.