Photo Gallery: Atlas Missile Launcher
On the windswept plains of southern Wyoming, huge concrete coffin like structures tower out of the grass. The decaying hulks once held the Untied States first ICBM, the Atlas D missile, SM-65. Dubbed “coffin launchers” because the missile was stored horizontally and then raised through the sliding roof. These weapons, 100 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Nagasaki had a short operational life from 31st of October 1959 to 12th April 1965.