Titan II Specifications

Titan Program History

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Titan II Specs

Titan Missile Museum

Length: 103 feet
Width: 10 feet in diameter
Weight at liftoff: 330,000 pounds
Warhead: W-53
Yield: 9 Megatons
Launch sequence (initiation to liftoff): 58 seconds
Time to target (liftoff to detonation): 25 to 30 minutes
Range: 6,000 miles
Velocity: 16,000 mph
Underground Launch Duct: 146 feet deep, 26 feet in diameter
Cost to build (1963 dollars): $8.3 million for each missile site
$2.2 million for each missile
Annual Operating Cost: $1.964 million per missile site

From liftoff to target, the flight time was 30 minutes.  Only 5.5 minutes of that was powered flight.  The other 24.5 minutes was ballistic free flight. Each site consisted of a missile silo, a launch control facility and an access portal.  The sites were staffed 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, by 4-person missile combat crews who deployed to the missile sites for 24-hour shifts, called alerts.  Each crew pulled an average of 8 to 9 alerts a month, meaning they often worked the equivalent of 5 weeks in a 4-week month.  Crew members consisted of two officers—the Missile Combat Crew Commander (MCCC) and the Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander (DMCCC), and two enlisted personnel—the Ballistic Missile Analyst Technician (BMAT) and the Missile Facilities Technician (MFT).

Download the launch check list here

The tour guides give a very descriptive rundown of what life was like for the Air Force guys who ran this missile silo back in the day, and they even gave us a demonstration of the actual launch sequence. I got to turn the key that would have been part of nuclear war… freaky!!”

— Chris Y., Newark, CA