The End Of An Era
This section covers a little bit of the history of the Titan II missile
the deactivation of the 390 Strategic Missile Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB,
The photos on the following pages were taken for a
memories album that members
of the 390 SMW
Davis-Monthan AFB, were able
before being transferred to
other duty assignments.
Most of the photos are "Deactivation"
If you prefer, "Before" and
"After" photos. This memories
I am referring
to was called "Reset-Shutdown".
It not only covered
the deactivation of
the 390 SMW, it also gave the
history of the 390th as a
Bombardment Wing. The
photos in the following pages
are a mix of black/white
and colored photos.
Here is a little history on
the 390 Strategic Missile Wing.
The 390 Strategic Missile Wing was activated on
1 January, 1962. The
570 Strategic Missile Squadron
and the 390 Missile Maintenance
Squadron were the first
units activated in the 390
SMW on the same date. The
570 SMS was declared "Operational"
on 13 June, 1963.
It was also the first operational
Titan II squadron in the
United States Air Force.
The first missile for the 570 SMS
arrived at Davis-Monthan AFB
on 27 November, 1962.
It was installed at Missile
Complex 570-2. It was turned
over to Strategic Air Command
control on 31 March, 1963
and became the first operational
Titan II missile site in
the 390 SMW.
The 571 Strategic Missile Squadron was activated
on 1 May, 1962. It was declared "Operational
on 1 December, 1963. That same day the
390 SMW was declared "Operational" and became
the first operational Titan II missile wing in the
States Air Force. It was then assigned to
Division, 15th Air Force, Strategic Air Command.
Thus began the 20 plus years of critical strategic
The 571 SMS was deactivated on 2 December, 1983,
with the 570 SMS following shortly after in 1984.
The 390 SMW was deactivated in late 1984, thus
ending it's "Cold War" vigilance.
Wing Mission - "To
Maintain and Be Prepared to Launch
Titan II Missiles on Lawful Order."
Wing Motto -
"Non Nobis Solum"
( Not For Ourselves Alone).
If you wish more indepth
information on the Titan II system,
go to my links page
and click the Titan II Web Site. It has
a lot of detailed information
and diagrams of a Titan II
missile complex on it.
All the missile sites were dismantled and destroyed in the deactivation
of the 390 SMW
with the exception of one. It was Missile Complex 571-7, located
in Green Valley.
The community officials developed a proposal to preserve the missile
site for posterity.
It was turned over to the Pima County Air Museum, Tucson, AZ
by the United States
Air Force and the 390 SMW to preserve the proud heritage of the 390
Tours are conducted daily through this missile complex as part of the
Titan II Specs
Length: Stage1 and Stage 2 - 96 feet
Missile- 110 feet
Stage 1 and Stage 2 - 10 feet, RV - 8 1/3 feet
Propellants - 14,595 lbs.
Fully Loaded - 330,000 lbs.
1 Engine - 430,000 lbs. (at sea level)
Stage 2 - 100,000 lbs. (at 250,000 feet)
Fuel - Aerozine-50
Oxidizer- Nitrogen Tetroxide (N2O4)