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Launch Complex 33 History

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Nike Hercules

      Two Nike Hercules missiles on Launchers, erected and being checked out in preparation for launch. The launcher on the left was mounted on the elevator of the Nike underground magazine which was built at Launch Complex 33 northwest of the Block house sometime in the 1950's. Note the red nose and warhead sections on the missile to the right.  It is not know the significance of the red portion.  If anyone knows, please click and e-mail the Museum Archivist/Webmaster.
     The underground magazine remains today.  The elevator doors have been removed and a roof type structure now covers the opening.  The pit where the elevator was in the magazine has been covered with a large metal structure.  The magazine now housed the hydraulic pumping equipment to drive a very large shaker table in a Shock and Vibration facility currently located just to the right of the photo.