August 9, 2014 | Barb Carr

Remembering an Accident: Little Rock AFB – Titan Missile Silo Fire

On August 9, 1965, 53 contract workers were killed during a fire at a Titan missile silo at Little Rock AFB in Searcy, Arkansas. The investigation indicated that the fire was caused by a ruptured hydraulic line spraying diesel fluid on a wire, igniting it.

One of the two workers who survived told his story after keeping it to himself and his close circle for 33 years. He was only 17 and had only been working in the silo for two days when the accident happened. He recalled seeing a sign at the site, “206 days without an accident.”

Click the link below to read his account:

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