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  1. 3) Far Away From Population Centers - Minuteman sites on the sparsely populated Great Plains meant less lives were directly at risk from nuclear attack by the Soviet Union. Maps. United States Minuteman Missile Wings - 272KB PDF Map showing the areas of the six Minuteman Missile wings on the central and northern Great Plains.

  2. On 17 April 1970, an important Minuteman III milestone was reached when the first missile was placed in a silo assigned to the 741st Strategic Missile Squadron, Minot AFB, North Dakota. At the end of December, the 741st SMS became the first SAC Minuteman III squadron to achieve operational status.

    • Boeing Co.
    • Intercontinental ballistic missile
    • 59.9 feet (18 meters)
  3. LGM-30 Minuteman III ICBM. The LGM-30 Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile is an element of the nation's strategic deterrent forces. The "L" in LGM is the Department of Defense designation for silo-launched; "G" means surface attack; and "M" stands for guided missile.

    • 59.9 feet (18 meters)
    • 79,432 pounds (32,158 kilograms)
    • Intercontinental ballistic missile
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  5. LGM-30G Minuteman III. The LGM-30G Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, is an element of the nation's strategic deterrent forces under the control of the Air Force Global Strike Command. The "L" in LGM is the Department of Defense designation for silo-launched; "G" means surface attack; "M" stands for guided missile, the 30 ...

  6. Oct 20, 2020 · But when early models of Minuteman missiles fell short of their intended 5,500-mile range, the Air Force selected sites in the northern part of the United States, which was closer to the Soviet Union. In 1960, the Air Force decided to locate the first Minuteman installation on the high plains around Great Falls, Montana, at Malmstrom AFB.

  7. Apr 30, 2021 · A Minuteman III silo blast door after being propelled open from a missile launch facility and slamming into a 12-foot-high berm during a SLEM near Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana. To start with ...

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