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2nd Gen Ballistic Missiles

Like the original Titan I, Titan II was a two-stage, liquid fuel missile. Unlike its predecessor, however, it used storable propellants, an all-inertial guidance system, and it could be launched from hardened underground silos. These improvements gave the Titan II quicker reaction time, greater survivability, and improved performance. The first Titan II unit achieved operational status in June 1963 and the last in December of the same year. The Air Force issued direction to deactivate Titan II missiles on 30 April 1982. The 55 operational missiles were removed from their silos during 1982-1987 and placed into storage for possible conversion to space launch vehicles. (USAF photo)

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