SM-65 Atlas Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile System      1958-1965

577th SMS - Site 6

Frederick, Oklahoma

Construction Site Number:   4

Air Force Operational Site Number:   6

Construction Started:   5/26/1960

Turned Over to Air Force:   9/27/1961

Site Destroyed in Accident:   5/14/1964


General Dynamics Missile Serial Number:   61-2547

General Dynamics Manufacturing Number:   61F

Air Force Missile Tail Number:   547

Missile Acceptance Date:   4/4/1962

Missile Delivery Date:   4/20/1962

Missile Launch Date:   N/A - Destroyed in Site Accident



Site 6 Accident - May 14th, 1964


Explosion Photo 1



Explosion Photo 2



Explosion Photo 3



Explosion Photo 4

Color Photos Courtesy of Silo World



Audio Tracks

The following audio files are some of the most unique items in our collection of Atlas information. They were donated to the collection by Major Casimir Harazda. Major Harazda was the MCCC (Missile Combat Crew Commander) on duty at the time of this accident. Many years later he found an audio tape of this incident sitting in an old foot locker and had the tape transferred to compact disc. There is some noise and background interference with some of the tracks, but the audio is legible and the approximately 45 minutes of audio gives a clear picture of the events as they unfolded at Site 6 on that day. Much of the "narration" of what is happening is the voice of Major Ray McAllister. Major McAllister was in charge of the PLX (Propellant Load Excercise) being done which was in preparation for General Dynamics to return control of the site to the Air Force after several updates had been applied to the facility. It was standard procedure for a "test" PLX of the site to be done after site updates had been applied. This testing would prove the site was operational and ready for the Air Force to put it back into service. The audio tracks below show that this test did not go as planned and ended with the explosion of the Atlas missile and the destruction of the site. The resulting explosion ripped the 3 foot thick 75-ton concrete doors off of their pivot bearing hinges and through them back approximately 20 feet. The broken doors can be seen in the photos above. The Frederick site was never rebuilt after this accident and remained closed permanently. The Atlas ICBM program was deactivated in the Spring of 1965. Fortunately, no one was injured during this harrowing experience.


We wish to express our thanks and gratitude to Major Harazda for sharing this very rare and unique piece of military history!



Crew Commander Letter



The following audio files are available in five different formats. The file types available are FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV and WMA. Most modern devices, including smart phones, will play one of the formats provided. The first recognized file format will be played using the provided control.



Track 1 - Start Countdown




Track 2 - Missile Pod High Temp




Track 3 - Fire! Declare 355-3




Track 4 - Abort Going Normal




Track 5 - SAC, 2AF, Norton On Line




Track 6 - Team Returns From Silo




Track 7 - Silo Doors Open




Track 8 - Fire On 4 Levels




Track 9 - Missile Pressure Lost




Track 10 - Missile Blows Up