When the SALT Treaty called for the de-activation of the 18 Titan missile silos that ring Tucson
, volunteers at the Pima Air Museum asked if one could be retained for public tours. After much negotiation, including additional talks with SALT officials, the Green Valley complex of the 390th Strategic Missile Wing was opened to the public.
After watching a video about the history of the Titan and its deadly nuclear delivery capability, guests are taken deep in to the "hardened" command center. Here, essential equipment is mounted on springs to withstand anything but a direct hit.
The Titan Missile museum is open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday from May through October and daily from November through April. One hour tours start every hour, with the last at 4:00 p.m.
The Titan Missile Museum is located in Green Valley, about 20 miles south of Tucson, Arizona.