At the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin, Westinghouse Electric Corp. was hard at work on the first "atomic engine," a force that would propel submarines and make the U.S. Navy the most powerful on Earth. Deep in the woods of the North Hills, a steel door creaks open. Soviet bombers, however, never appeared on the horizon, and not one Nike missile ever passed through Kukovich's blue, morning sky. Allegheny County Fire Department official Tom Cook emerges from one of three bunkers in North Park. Ad Practitioners, LLC. An old missile site in Robinson now functions as a senior citizens center, and a site in West Deer is now home to a retirement home and The Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center Inc., which provides job training to native Americans.
. . The military, he said, "kept most things quiet.". The first submarine to run on that power source slid into the water on Jan. 21, 1954, only a few months before construction started on the region's first Nike site, outside Bridgeville. Should an enemy fire thousands of bullets, Kennedy said, it would create a problem "which we have not mastered yet." The soldiers manning the sites became known as the "Buck Rogers boys," and the military tried to dazzle people with the missile's technology, letting young boys climb the rocket at a Downtown parade and giving tours of the underground bunkers. But now, the missiles are gone, and the floor is awash in pools of rainwater, chipped paint and rust. pointing overhead into the light, blue morning sky . . An old missile site in Robinson now functions as a senior citizens center, and a site in West Deer is now home to a retirement home and The Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center Inc., which provides job training to native Americans. You will even find former missile silos, built during the height of the Cold War. Not only did it inspire pride in the city's industrial assets, but it provided people with a strange, silent reassurance at a time of uncertainty. Welcome! An elevator would carry the rockets to the surface. The region's bituminous coal mines were producing most of the nation's soft coal; the steel mills were providing the steel for most of the nation's buildings, bridges and warships; and its shops were producing most of the country's machine tools. Missile Storage: C=Ajax only, original design B=Ajax or Hercules, some modifications were required for the elevator to handle the Hercules launcher.
Also, the Hercules could target a plane carrying nuclear weapons, hit the plane and prevent those weapons from being detonated. Others have been paved by new owners, and some of the above-ground missile buildings are now housing a retirement home, a senior citizens center, a religious school, an air-traffic radar center, a driver's training center, a YMCA and a Native American job-training headquarters. . Growing up in Washington County, VanVoorhis remembers hearing about the missile sites he now owns, but "we didn't know an awful lot about them," he said. He renovated them and resold them, naming one of the developments "Meadowview." They would tilt at an 85-degree angle and shoot into the sky over Pittsburgh at 1,500 miles per hour. pointing overhead into the light, blue morning sky .
But the star of the parade was the 20-foot-long winged missile named after the Greek goddess of victory.
The Nike missile "would be a good weapon today against terrorism," said Donald Goldstein, a professor of international relations at the University of Pittsburgh. On a site in Irwin, there is a YMCA and in Elizabeth, there is driver's training center designed for police officers and leased by the Twin Rivers Council of Governments, which recently spent $40,000 on renovations. Many of the homes and barracks have been renovated into new housing, too.
The site near Manor is still obscured by low-hanging leaves, branches, thorny bushes and grapevines. .
"Critical industrial areas strung out along the Monongahela, Ohio and Allegheny Valleys, though well dispersed, are suited for pinpoint landing but not mass or atomic bombs. Note: Launchers converted to Hercules are given in paraenthesis, e.g. Starting in the early 1950s, the Army made the protection of Pittsburgh's industrial complex a matter of national security, circling the area with bunkers, radar towers and communications equipment.