This post is somewhat of a continuation of my post with the B-47 in it. This will be an inside look at the Plattsburgh Air Force Base Museum.
The musuem sits across from the Battle of Plattsburgh Museum, which is also situated on the old Air Force base.
As stated in my post with the B-47 in it, the entrance fee to the museum is $2. Two dollars does not get you an awful lot these days; but in this case, two dollars gets you quite a bit.
I believe the museum has only been in operation since the start of this year and is staffed by volunteers, one of them being an ex-Air Force maintenance officer.
They have a fairly decent collection of memorabilia on display, all of which is situated in one main room of the building.
Knowing that there was once Atlas missiles siloed on the Air Force base was very sobering indeed. I suppose it gave me pause because i live in Canada and i have never had nuclear missiles that could wipe out cities, buried in my backyard.
Not only would it be slightly disconcerting to have these missiles in my backyard, but it would be even more so knowing that I would have been an obvious first strike target of a Russian missile. I’m not sure how the people of Plattsburgh got in with a normal life.
Plattsburgh was the home of the SM-65F Atlas missile, which had a W-38 warhead with a yield of 3.75 Megatons. The Fat Man nuclear weapon that was dropped on Nagasaki, had a yield of 21 kilotons. Therefore, one Atlas missile was equal to about 178 Fat Man devices.
In the Nagasaki bombing, 35-40 thousand people were killed instantaneously by Fat Man. Just imagine what an Atlas missile could have done…
This little museum certainly brings you back to the Cold War era and brings an appreciation for the service members who stood guard against an imminent threat.
Thanks for looking.
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