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Living here's a blast! Cold War-era nuclear missile silo which housed an Atlas E ICBM is transformed into a vast 18,000sq-ft underground castle and could be yours for $3.2 million
UK Daily Mail ^ | January 17, 2020 | Sophie Tanno

Posted on 01/17/2020 6:23:44 AM PST by C19fan

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1 posted on 01/17/2020 6:23:44 AM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan

I’m a bit short, wonder what kind of loan I could get?


2 posted on 01/17/2020 6:26:38 AM PST by wally_bert (Your methods were a little incomplete, you too for that matter.)
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To: C19fan

The question to ask is it still on/in the targeting grid.


3 posted on 01/17/2020 6:27:23 AM PST by riverrunner ( o the public,)
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No thanks.

Any confined facility, be it a bunker, ship, cave, tank or a silo like this is a death trap. Whether trapped by fire, or the enemy or whatever.

I used to work in the Minute Man ones and came to realize just to keep the crew alive there needs to be fresh air down there, a special sewage system that lifts it to the top, and much more. This silo likely has it, but it’s going to be expensive to operate, especially if the parts are antiques.

And let’s say someone buys it for that SHTF scenario. It’s then a trap. Ask Saddam, ask Hitler, ask the Japanese soldiers of WWII and the Afghan ones about their caves. You can’t because they were all trapped and wound up dead due to their lack of mobility.


4 posted on 01/17/2020 6:32:53 AM PST by redfreedom
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To: riverrunner
Yeah, that would definitely affect insurance rates.
5 posted on 01/17/2020 6:33:27 AM PST by Cowboy Bob ("Other People's Money" = The life blood of Liberalism)
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To: wally_bert

Purchase candidates with $3.2 million to spare are typically going want something in a mild climate (think California or Florida), near a major city (think New York or San Fransicko) or world class skiing and/or other uber wealthy (think Davos or Vail). 25 miles west of Topeka, Kansas fills none o these requirements.


6 posted on 01/17/2020 6:36:32 AM PST by Vigilanteman (The politicized state destroys aspects of civil society, human kindness and private charity.)
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If it’s off the beaten path and people leave me alone then I would be a good prospect if I were uber wealthy.


7 posted on 01/17/2020 6:44:06 AM PST by wally_bert (Your methods were a little incomplete, you too for that matter.)
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Back in the Cuban missile crisis we were driving out in the country near Abilene, TX. I asked, “what’s that?” and my husband said, “that’s a missile ready to launch”. Didn’t even know a silo was there. Wonder if it’s abandoned or still active.


8 posted on 01/17/2020 6:48:53 AM PST by Texan
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For that price they should’ve hired a decorator. The article describes it as homely (instead of homey) and they are right.


9 posted on 01/17/2020 6:56:13 AM PST by sheana
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The only active landbased ICBMs are at Minot AFB, ND, Grand Forks AFB, ND, FE Warren AFB, WY, and Malmstrom AFB, MT.


10 posted on 01/17/2020 7:01:55 AM PST by ops33 (SMSgt, USAF, Retired)
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“Come on in! Sit down and make yourself homely!”


11 posted on 01/17/2020 7:04:25 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: C19fan

I wonder if it takes two keys to get in the front door.


12 posted on 01/17/2020 7:06:38 AM PST by DainBramage
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To: riverrunner
The question to ask is it still on/in the targeting grid.

Nuclear missile silos are NEVER taken off a targeting grid.

13 posted on 01/17/2020 7:08:24 AM PST by Centurion2000 (Read ... THEN comment.)
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Sounds like a lot of up and down stairs.


14 posted on 01/17/2020 7:09:24 AM PST by beethovenfan (Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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Two words.

Wet.

Moldy.

15 posted on 01/17/2020 7:16:59 AM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change with out notice.)
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To: redfreedom

Atlas sites have an emergency 4xit for just that purpose, and unlike a minuteman LCF, the control and crew quarters are more spread-out and not as far underground. Plus, the Atlas was stored horizontally and only rotated into launch position after being filled with fuel and oxidizer and pressurized with nitrogen because it’s thin aluminum skin could not support the weight otherwise. So the bulk of an Atlas site is a huge ground-level building with a roll-top roof that could probably hold 20 cars. That, and the underground buildings that contained pumps, tanks, etc., are prime for re-use.

These things are also the reason the Atlas ICBM was replaced with solid fuel missiles almost as soon as they were fully deployed.


16 posted on 01/17/2020 7:22:42 AM PST by bigbob (Trust Trump. Trust the Plan.)
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To: wally_bert

As would I. But I’m not. And neither am I going to pass myself off as a chick so I can compete in women’s sports.


17 posted on 01/17/2020 7:57:52 AM PST by Vigilanteman (The politicized state destroys aspects of civil society, human kindness and private charity.)
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To: riverrunner

Yeah why not just buy a used car that used to be owned by the most hated gang member in town? Go cruise around in it


18 posted on 01/17/2020 8:04:52 AM PST by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. ....)
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To: redfreedom

In your examples, all the people caught in their bunker were high value or military targets facing an organized, mobile enemy. In a SHTF scenario you are likely trying to keep relatively disorganized looters at bay or stay unnoticed by larger forces. In that case a bunker that provides lots of storage room and comfortable quarters in a low profile is valuable.

Camouflage the silo and/or put a reasonably defensible structure over it and you may have the perfect place to wait out troubles. Make friends with your neighbors to keep some semblance of community and you will be even better off. Whatever you do, don’t be like Hitler or Saddam and bite off more than you can chew as enemies.


19 posted on 01/17/2020 8:07:33 AM PST by Data Miner
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20 posted on 01/17/2020 8:22:32 AM PST by Bratch (“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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