The Minuteman was - and still is today - a technological wonder. The first solid fuelled Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) the U.S. Air Force would deploy, the Minuteman could stand dormant and unmanned for days, weeks, months and decades on end, needing only limited maintenance and upkeep.
At A Moment's Notice
Deployment - Past, Present & Future
The Minuteman has gone through several upgrades over the years, increasing its distance, accuracy and efficiency. At present there are still 450 Minuteman III's operational on the Great Plains. These are based out of Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana (150), Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota (150) and F.E. Warren Air Force Base (150).
The Minuteman IB was an improvement over the IA version. Specifically, it had a lighter weight motor housing that allowed it to strike targets up to 6,000 miles away. It was first deployed out of Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. It was also the first version of the missile housed in Launch Facility Delta-09, now part of Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. To learn more about the Minuteman IB click here...