The Titan Missile Museum is the only remaining Titan II site open to the public, allowing you to relive a time when the threat of nuclear war between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union was a reality.
The Titan II was capable of launching from its underground silo in 58 seconds and could deliver a nine megaton thermonuclear warhead to its target more than 6300 miles (10,000 km) away in less than thirty minutes. For more than two decades, 54 Titan II missile complexes across the United States stood "on alert" 24 hours a day, seven days a week, heightening the threat of nuclear war or preventing Armageddon, depending upon your point of view.
The Director of the museum is Yvonne C. Morris, a former Titan II Missile Combat Crew Commander with the 390th Strategic Missile Wing. Yvonne was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Virginia (UVA). While in college, she was recruited by the Air Force in 1978 for duty in the Titan II system. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Distinction in Speech and Communications in 1980 from UVA. In 1981, after graduating with distinction from Missile Launch Officer Training, Yvonne was assigned to the 390th Strategic Missile Wing (SMW) at Davis Monthan AFB, Tucson, Arizona. During her assignment with the 390th SMW, Yvonne served as a Missile Combat Crew Commander and instructor, managed combat crew training for the entire Wing, and served as an advisor to the Wing Commander and his Battle Staff. Among the launch facilities where Yvonne and her crew pulled alerts was missile site 571-7 at the Titan Missile Museum.
Putting her Air Force training to good use, Yvonne began volunteering as a Docent and Instructor at the Titan Missile Museum in 1998 and she was appointed Director of the museum in 2004.
Yvonne has appeared on several history and tourism themed television shows and documentaries, including Inside a Nuclear Launch Pad: What Could Have Been WW III by National Geographic, Secret A-Bomb Factories for the History Channel, No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain on the Travel Channel, Mysteries at the Museum on the Travel Channel, Tracks Across America with Billy Connolly, The BBC Travel Show, Arizona Highways, and California's Gold with Huell Howser. She was also a featured speaker at the first Cold Culture Symposium, an international symposium on new approaches to Cold War research, education and expression at the Diefenbunker Museum in Ontario in 2008, and at the Mutual Concerns of Air and Space Museums Conference in 2011 where she spoke on the topic of interpreting the role of nuclear weapons in the Cold War.
You'll want to browse the Museum Store during your visit to the Museum, where you can purchase Titan II, Civil Defense and other memorabilia, including pocket dosimeters used to detect radiation, rebar salvaged from Titan II missile sites, and replicas of an actual Titan II launch key. The Titan Missile Museum Store is also your source for educational toys and books, as well as adult and children's sweat shirts, tee shirts, caps and more.
Arizona Aerospace Foundation
Incorporated in the state of Arizona on November 20, 1967 as the Tucson Air Museum Foundation, the Arizona Aerospace Foundation is a member-based non-profit foundation, funded by gate admissions, concessions and donations. The Foundation operates the Pima Air & Space Museum, the Titan Missile Museum, and the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame.
The Pima Air & Space Museum opened in 1976 and today is the one of the largest aviation museums in the world. The Titan Missile Museum opened in 1986 and is the only publicly accessible Titan II Missile Complex in existence. The Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame offers Museum visitors a unique opportunity to acquaint themselves with noteworthy Arizona aviators. Established by a joint proclamation including the Governor of Arizona in 1985, the Hall of Fame is a permanent shrine to Arizonans who have played a role in or made a significant contribution to aviation and aerospace history.
The Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest aviation Museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation Museum in the United States. The Museum maintains a collection of more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft from around the globe, including many rare and one-of-a-kind, and more than 125,000 artifacts. At the Pima Air & Space Museum you will walk among the giants of our aviation heritage, including military, commercial, and civil aviation. Among them are a B-29 Superfortress, the SR-71 Blackbird, and a rare World War II German V-1 "buzz bomb." The Pima Air and Space Museum also offers exclusive tours of the world's largest military aircraft storage facility at the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), also known as the "Boneyard," on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.