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Old 12th Jun 2016, 11:49
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I have some news about the Launch Cabin. If any body is in contact with Mr Boyes could they please ask him to contact me soonest.
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Old 12th Jun 2016, 12:59
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Originally Posted by Windy Militant View Post
I have some news about the Launch Cabin. If any body is in contact with Mr Boyes could they please ask him to contact me soonest.
I'm sure John is subscribed to this thread, but I've let him know separately.
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Old 12th Jun 2016, 15:30
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Thanks YellowPinke I've now managed to make contact with John.
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Old 12th Nov 2016, 10:27
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Just for info the Thor Cabin is now safely at it's new home at the Carpetbagger Museum
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Old 13th Nov 2021, 16:55
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Thor missile photos 1963.

Really enjoyed reading this thread. I was approx 2 1/2 months old on the weekend of 27 Oct 1962. Living in the RAF Officers Caravan site No5 at RAF Gaydon. Rather glad the "Penguin"s didn't fly as my Dad would have been heading for somewhere cold on the other side of the Baltic to introduce them to the concept of Global Warming or "instant sunshine" on a one way trip, while the rest of us headed for my Granddad's old drift mine in South Wales.
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Old 23rd Nov 2021, 19:49
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Fascinating thread.

Having driven many times between Grand Isle, Vermont and Montreal I'd often been intrigued by "Missile base road" just north of the town of Arlberg and just south of the Canadian border.

Turns out, it was just that - the site of an ICBM silo, which in the sixties was the closest such installation to the "the enemy"

I believe the missiles in those silos were Thors.

The particular silo was only operational for a short period, but a local chap recounted how the missile was brought up to launch status during the Cuban missile crisis.

I also believe, the silo is flooded and the concrete doors(12 tons?) are permanently propped open as part of an arms limitation agreement so they can be monitored by satellites.

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Old 23rd Nov 2021, 22:43
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I don't think Thor would have the range needed from Vermont - possibly (given the time period) it was an Atlas missile site?
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Old 24th Nov 2021, 03:50
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I'm sorry to mislead: you are correct. I found a website which identifies the missiles as Atlas F.

Fascinating stories surrounding them, but alas not "the god of thunder"

My apologies.
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Old 24th Nov 2021, 21:47
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No problem, BSD - all adds to our knowledge. My knowledge of Thor amounted to an air cadet night exercise around the old Hemswell site in the UK
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