±Recent Visitors

Recent Visitors to Com-Central!

±User Info-big


Welcome Anonymous

Nickname
Password

Membership:
Latest: JerryH
New Today: 0
New Yesterday: 0
Overall: 6595

People Online:
Members: 0
Visitors: 102
Total: 102
Who Is Where:
 Visitors:
01: Home
02: Home
03: Statistics
04: Com-Central Videos
05: Community Forums
06: Your Account
07: Community Forums
08: Photo Gallery
09: Home
10: Community Forums
11: Community Forums
12: Community Forums
13: Community Forums
14: Community Forums
15: Photo Gallery
16: Community Forums
17: Photo Gallery
18: Home
19: Member Screenshots
20: Community Forums
21: Community Forums
22: Home
23: Community Forums
24: Home
25: Home
26: Home
27: Home
28: Home
29: Community Forums
30: Community Forums
31: Community Forums
32: Community Forums
33: Community Forums
34: Photo Gallery
35: Community Forums
36: Community Forums
37: Photo Gallery
38: Community Forums
39: Community Forums
40: Photo Gallery
41: Home
42: Photo Gallery
43: Community Forums
44: Community Forums
45: Community Forums
46: Statistics
47: Photo Gallery
48: Downloads
49: Community Forums
50: Community Forums
51: Community Forums
52: Photo Gallery
53: Community Forums
54: Community Forums
55: Community Forums
56: Community Forums
57: Community Forums
58: Community Forums
59: Community Forums
60: Community Forums
61: Community Forums
62: Home
63: Photo Gallery
64: Downloads
65: Community Forums
66: Community Forums
67: Photo Gallery
68: Community Forums
69: Photo Gallery
70: Photo Gallery
71: Photo Gallery
72: Community Forums
73: Home
74: Community Forums
75: Member Screenshots
76: Community Forums
77: Photo Gallery
78: Photo Gallery
79: Community Forums
80: Community Forums
81: Community Forums
82: Community Forums
83: Community Forums
84: Community Forums
85: Home
86: Community Forums
87: Member Screenshots
88: Community Forums
89: Community Forums
90: Community Forums
91: Your Account
92: Photo Gallery
93: Community Forums
94: Photo Gallery
95: Community Forums
96: Community Forums
97: Statistics
98: Community Forums
99: Community Forums
100: Community Forums
101: Community Forums
102: Community Forums

Staff Online:

No staff members are online!
Off Topic-Cold War Nike Launch Sites and Stuff...
The AFV ASSOCIATION was formed in 1964 to support the thoughts and research of all those interested in Armored Fighting Vehicles and related topics, such as AFV drawings. The emphasis has always been on sharing information and communicating with other members of similar interests; e.g. German armor, Japanese AFVs, or whatever.
Go to page Previous  1, 2
Post new topic    Reply to topic    Printer Friendly Page     Forum Index ›  AFV News Discussion Board

View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Dennis_Smith
Power User

Offline Offline
Joined: Mar 16, 2006
Posts: 192

PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 1:58 pm
Post subject: Re: Off Topic-Cold War Nike Launch Sites and Stuff...

Producing fire and ice at the same time

Back to top
View user's profile
Doug_Kibbey
Power User

Offline Offline
Joined: Jan 22, 2006
Posts: 4631
Location: The Great Satan
PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 2:37 pm
Post subject: Re: Off Topic-Cold War Nike Launch Sites and Stuff...

I had that very setup as model when I was eight! (we won't discuss the year Rolling Eyes )

www.ninfinger.org/~sve...h1822.html
Back to top
View user's profile Visit poster's website Photo Gallery
Russ_Buchan
Power User

Offline Offline
Joined: Jan 25, 2006
Posts: 67

PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 11:21 am
Post subject: Re: Off Topic-Cold War Nike Launch Sites and Stuff...

Wow, what memories!

At the Los Angeles area, at Fort MacArthur Upper Reservation/White Point site, each time they did an excercise with the missiles, there was a loud alarm bell.

In our Sixth Grade classroom, overlooking the site, we would hear the loud ringing, and run out of the room, disobeying the teacher's commands, and run to the fence to see the Nikes rising silently out of their underground pits.

Later that year, in Seventh grade, my friend Jack Canaday and I used to shoot arrows through his backyard redwood fence, and hop the fence to retrieve them, just to be aboard the Nike site. The fence delineated the Upper Reservation's boundary, and we were nearly always met by a snarling, furious German shepherd dog and his Army handler, Mike.

The first encounter was a heart-stopper, with the dog breathing hard and showing its teeth, right at the strained limit of Mike's leash, inches from our terrified faces. He told us to get back over the fence right now, but we countered that Jack's dad would kill us if we lost his hunting arrows, and Mike let us look for them in the tall mustard. It happened again and again.

Gradually Mike got used to us, and did not bother us. The dog got to ignore us, even.

Fifty-plus years later, at an Old Fort MacArthur Artillery Days (run what you brung, cannon-wise, as long as they're blank, Fourth of July weekend each year) I was talking to the old CO of the former Coast Artillery outfit, who was in charge of the Nike site in those days, and mentioned Mike and the dog, and our shenanigans....

The old codger nearly dropped from a heart attack to learn that two kids were allowed to wander through the area looking for lost arrows.

Ahh, memories,
Russ
Back to top
View user's profile
Doug_Kibbey
Power User

Offline Offline
Joined: Jan 22, 2006
Posts: 4631
Location: The Great Satan
PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 11:51 am
Post subject: Re: Off Topic-Cold War Nike Launch Sites and Stuff...

It's just like old times with Russ *@$#_*^&Buchan back a'gin. (wasn't that your semi-official login, not that anybody needed one, until the spambots projectile-vomited a couple-hunnerd times 'a day onto the boards and forced us onto more secure ground?).

When I was a lad (not quite as far back as Sr. Buchan's youth), we watched all of the pre-Mercury and Mercury shots from Cape Canaveral (that's Cape Kennedy, for pre-assassination youngsters...and then it got re-prenamed back to Canaveral oh-yea-'bouts '73) from elementary school some miles south. Before Alan Shepards launch, experimental launch vehicle shots of one type or another were near daily events (it seemed). Some of these followed, umm...erratic trajectories. Or blowed up real good altogether (sometimes with encouragement from the ground...or not). There were so many, it was actually possible for nine year olds to get jaded about long white vapor trails ("Ho-hum...another one...") These were not Saturn V's, mind.

When they stuck one of the Mercury Seven aboard, though, that was different, and it would be broadcast over the school PA system on days that we were in school and we'd watch in real time from the classroom windows facing north for the rocket. Shepards "Freedom Seven" was one of those. Rockets were such a big deal then. All the boys had models of real-and-imagined spacecraft. Jupiter C and Atlas were wicked cool when they came out later Wink
Back to top
View user's profile Visit poster's website Photo Gallery
piney
Power User

Offline Offline
Joined: Jan 23, 2006
Posts: 2330
Location: Republic of Southern New Jersey
PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 12:51 pm
Post subject: Re: Off Topic-Cold War Nike Launch Sites and Stuff...

Good to see you back Russ, We will have to try and get you to ruin your keepboard again (remember the anti-beaver round on the old board?) Mr. Green

Piney
Back to top
View user's profile Send e-mail
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic    Reply to topic    Printer Friendly Page    Forum Index ›  AFV News Discussion Board
Page 2 of 2
All times are GMT - 6 Hours
Go to page Previous  1, 2



Jump to:  


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You cannot download files in this forum