Adirondack Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Silo air park Saranac, NY
Atlas-F missile sites were activated in 1961, and after
a short operational period, were decommissioned in 1965.
These sites were the first of the "super hardened"
missile silos, built to withstand a 200 pound per square
inch blast. Atlas F (structure only) construction costs
range from $14 million to $18 million dollars each in
1960’s dollars. Today that would equate to nearly
$140 million dollars using a Consumer Price Index (CPI)
calculator to adjust for inflation.
Missile Silo The missile silo is a huge structure 52 ft.
inside diameter and approximately 176 feet deep. Access
is from a 40 foot tunnel with 3 blast doors leading from
the Launch Control Center (LCC). The Missile Silo has
2 overhead 90 ton doors that can often be reopened. There
were originally 7 floor levels inside the silo, however
app, 2/3 of the F silos have been salvaged out and only
bare walls remain. Multiple levels could be rebuilt in
the silo. A deck built in the silo would provide almost
2,000 sq. ft. of floor-space.
Land sizes with the Atlas-F series vary greatly, due to
post-government division. The minimum typical acreage
is 5 acres, although some are still deeded with the original
10-22 acres the government used. Originally, the inner
5 acres of these sites were surrounded by a 8 ft. barbed
wire topped chain-link security fence. This fence remains
on some sites. There are two concrete (Quonset) pads 40
ft. by 100 ft. on each site. An antenna silo, 8 ft. diameter
and 29 ft deep, remains in the ground on each site.