White Sands Missile Base

The road out of Las Cruses was a hot one.  The temperatures were soaring toward 100.  Lucky for me it was that nice dry heat.  If you don’t live in a place with dry heat you can always find out how wonderful it is by turning on your oven and sticking your head in it.  Wonderful isn’t it?

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After climbing the butte (or what ever they call mountains out here) I descended (you always do that on the back side of a mountain) toward the valley.  Off in the distance was the White Sands Missile test area.

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Soon I would travel down the military road to the security gate that no one is allowed to photograph or even hopefully to remember.

I was now inside the base.

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I was being constantly monitored.  My thoughts were probably being scanned.  The P71 could only shield me just so much.

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I crossed the main road.

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There it was.  The most complete collection of rockets and missiles in the US arsenal.  I doubt my congressman had a clue what was here.  But now it was all available to me.

Would I be able to view all this ordinance and military equipment?  I could only hope.

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This was fantastic.  I had the place to myself and there was so much to see.  There were signs for every item displayed and all was revealed.

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Much to my chagrin I discovered that these signs were encrypted. Darn them!  It will probably take me hours researching on the Internet before I can crack this one.  Hmmm.

Well the missiles were all there and what a collection.  There was a Redstone.  The rocket used to get Shepard into space.

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And over there was our version of the German V-1 rocket, known as the Loon JB-2.  Ours was copied from an unexploded V-1 in 1944.

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Here is the famous flying saucer from Area 51 that I am not allowed to photograph or show you.

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Then there is Fat Man.  The A-Bomb that started it all.

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I wacked on it pretty hard with a hammer and nothing happened.  Probably was a dud.  I’ll have to write that congressman again.

This is the Hound Dog missile.  It was named after Elvis’s dog.  Or girl friend.

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A B-52 couldn’t carry a tune, but it could carry a 5 ton Hound Dog.

Then there was this rocket from the folks at Beechcraft. Wow they make great planes, too.

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Hey, I wonder if they still have Nitric Acid in there?

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Where did I put my hammer?

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There is just so much great stuff here.  Too bad no one is allowed in  here.  Well, I hope you enjoyed the photos.  Now I’m gonna have to see if the P71 can out run a rocket powered guard vehicle.  Wish me luck.

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One Response to White Sands Missile Base

  1. James LaMere says:

    Very funny & interesting! Great trip blog Jim!

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