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Charlie Battery - Kleingartach

The Launching Area - 1959 - 1969



- Click Here For Larger Image -Rear View Of Alpha Section

Here we see the section inner service road with a rear view of the missile hanger. Visible as well, are the tracks extending out of the rear hanger door, allowing missile trailers to up and download missiles.

This photo was taken outside the main perimeter fence, near the first Guard Tower, seen as one enters the main gate.





- Click Here For Larger Image -A Little Further Down Inner Section Service Roads Passing Alpha Section

An excellent view of a of missile trailers with two missiles on them are illustrated on the next two photos following this one.

And in the far distance to the right, past the empty missile trailer and behind a berm, is Charlie Section's missile hanger. Their generator shed is barely visible just above the trailer and to the left of the base of the guard tower. A great view of the back of their revetment can be seen on the last image of the following link, so “Click Here” to view that image.





- Click Here For Larger Image -Missile Trailer On Alpha Section Inner Service Road

This is the kind of trailer that would pull up to the tracks in the rear of the missile hanger to deal with missiles. They are also the trailers we would tow to exchange missiles at Baumholder.

Also visible is the rear of Alpha Section's revetment, and to the far left, part of the generator shed.

And to the far right, a Nike Ajax in its launcher with its cover. There were missiles on the launchers 24/7/365.

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Guided Missile Trailers Pulled By 5 Ton Cargo Trucks


Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Launching Area Buildings Overview

After swinging around Alpha Section the road goes down the hill to Launching Area physical support buildings.

This is a great perspective of the Launching Area's physical Buildings. It was taken from Alpha Section's high berm that separates the launchers and missile hanger from the main buildings in the event of an explosion.

A reverse view of the berm can be seen in the next image. It is taken from the rear corner of the Ready Room, which is the low building on the far right in this image.

The key is the far right curve of that large black fuel tank next to the Ready Room, because it helps define the smaller berm around the tank in relation to the larger berm of Alpha Section. So look for that.

The structures in the far distance just over the tops of the 5 ton Cargo Trucks are the Warhead Buildings, with the large A Frame hoist used for moving warheads about. The A Frame hoist was also perfect for removing auto engines so they could be repaired.

These structures can be viewed in better detail in the following photo on this page.




- Click Here For Larger Image -Warhead Building Overview

This the very high tech Warhead Building “complex”... Ah, but not to complex.

Notice the first class canvas tent and plywood motif. It could withstand the slightest breeze.

And in the event of an explosion, well... you know...!


Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Launching Area Buildings Overview From The Warhead Complex

From the spot where I took the Warhead Building photo, I turned around and got another overview of the Launching Area's primary buildings.


Image by Jim Fitzpatrick - Pennsylvania - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Launching Area Buildings Detail

Moving further up the road we approach the area.

From left to right: The Ready Room, The LCT (with the Star), The Generator Building Area, and Assembly (Missile Maintenance)

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Ready Room Detail


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- Click Here For Larger Image -Assembly Building And Launching Area Overview


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