What This Footage Captured At This Abandoned Oklahoma Missile Silo Is Truly Grim

From 1962-1965, the 577th Strategic Missile Squadron was based at Altus Air Force Base in Altus, Oklahoma. It housed a total of 12 different missile locations around Altus Air Force Base – 11 in Oklahoma and one in Texas. While in operation, these missile sites were manned by the US Air Force 24 hours day/365 days a year. What was so valuable inside these silos to be so heavily guarded? The SM-65 weapons system, more commonly known as the Atlas – a missile with a range of about 6,000 miles that carried a W-38 type warhead with a nuclear yield of approximately 4 megatons of TNT. The Altus rocket was also used by NASA and was the booster that put John Glenn into earth’s orbit.

The Missile Silos were decommissioned and are now abandoned. Take a look at footage captured at one of these sites in Altus:

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