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Surface, Beale 851-A, Launcher #1, Counterweight

Surface, Beale 851-A, Launcher #1, Counterweight

Construction at Beale 851-A, surface, launcher #1. Rigging crew preparing one of the 2 enormous counterweights for the missile launcher elevator system. Essentially a tall, steel bucket filled with lead, markings on the side indicate a height of 14' 10". Counterweight is being lifted into an upright position to measure its weight. Note the uninstalled silo door resting on giant timbers at right. Taken: June 13, 1961 Source: The Martin Co.

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