homeland-security » mab-nike-launcher-20080802.mp3
  • Currently /5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
August 5th, 2008

Nike Hercules missile being lowered from launch position. Recorded on August 2, 2008 at launch site SF-88L, one of the hundreds of US Army Nike missile batteries that formed rings around major US cities and other strategic locations from 1954-1974. Nike missiles, which could be equipped with high explosive or moderate-yield nuclear warheads, were intended as last resort defense against Soviet bomber attack.

Site SF-88L is in the Marin Headlands of California (near San Francisco) and has been preserved as a museum staffed by volunteer Nike veterans. The bunker elevator and launch platform have been restored to operating order, and visitors can watch as a missile (sans warhead, we're assured) is raised from underground and into its launch position in less than a minute.

This sample was recorded with a mid-side pair of MKH-800 microphones on a Sound Devices 744T recorder at 96KHz/24 bit, and converted to 48KHz MP3, L-R stereo with Logic Pro 8.


This sound has not been commented yet, be the first to comment!

Please log in to comment

Mp3 (.mp3)
1.3 MB
1500 kbps
Sound illegal or offensive? Flag it!