TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Officials with the museum will unveil the newest nuclear warhead exhibit during Titan Missile Museum's Moonlight MADness event on Saturday, August 9.
The exhibit will feature the W-53 warhead, which was the bomb carried by the Titan II Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), according to museum officials the W-53 rode in the missile's nosecone.
Thanks in part to a grant from the Association of Air Force Missileers, this exhibit will be on display for the public to see. The warhead is an important part of the museum's collection, as it was the only piece of equipment the museum did not have; it also answers many visitor's question "What did the bomb look like?"
“With this grant we constructed an exhibit that includes a full-sized model of the W-53, accompanied by video screens that provide interpretive text and graphics for our visitors,” stated Yvonne Morris, in a recent news release. Morris is a past commander of the Titan II site and the Executive Director of the Arizona Aerospace Foundation that operates the Titan Missile Museum. Morris continued, “The W-53 Warhead Exhibit makes it possible now for the museum's visitors to understand the full story of the Titan II ICBM and the important role it played in the peaceful conclusion of the Cold War.”
Moonlight MADness is a special summer evening event that features kid-friendly STEM activities, presented by 'MAD' scientists. (According to museum officials, MAD is an acronym for Mutually Assured Destruction, for the doctrine that the ability of two enemies to annihilate each other prevents it from happening).
Moonlight MADness takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month from June through September; admission is $7 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Due to space limitations, reservations are required to attend the Moonlight MADness event; to make those reservations 520 625-7736 or e-mail
The last date for Moonlight MADness is September 13.