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Cheyenne Mountain: RIP

I read recently that Cheyenne Mountain, the underground home of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and star of the ’80s movie “War Games”, has been mothballed. This Cold War facility was built deep inside a mountain near Colorado Springs during the 1960s to keep an eye on those sneaky Soviets. I guess closing this facility makes sense: we’re not facing a massive nuclear first strike like we were during the height of the Cold War. But what about some kind of unforeseen zombie outbreak? Shouldn’t we keep Cheyenne Mountain around for something like that? I mean, this place is really cool and we blow billions of dollars every month on uncool Iraq, can’t we spend a few million to keep Cheyenne Mountain operating just in case something really crazy happens?

Cheyenne Mountain Fast Facts

- The Army Corps of Engineers used 1.5 million pounds of dynamite to excavate about 700,000 tons of granite.

- Cheyenne Mountain has 15 buildings, 12 of which are three stories.

- Cheyenne Mountain rests on 1,319, 1,000-pound springs that allow the complex to sway up to a foot horizontally in any direction.

- The two blast doors are 25 tons, 3 1/2-feet-thick baffled steel.

Going Ballistic! (Wired)
http://www.fas.org/nuke

Cheyenne Mountain Home Page
https://www.cheyennemountain.af.mil

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October 23rd, 2006


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