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Former missile launch site could be home sweet home

Unique sale is nothing new for Washington Realtor
Published on Nov 4, 2004

Seven bedrooms, two bathrooms, 23 acres, $500,000 asking price. Atlas E missiles and missile launcher not included. Michael Biehl, an associate broker with Keller Williams Realty in Spokane, Wash., has handled some unique properties before. And this one, a former nuclear missile launch site near Davenport in Eastern Washington, is definitely not your typical single-family home. The 16,000-square-foot facility was once home to Atlas E missiles, which had a reported range of about 8,700 miles and carried a warhead that packed a 3.75-megaton punch – the explosive equivalent of 3.75 million tons of TNT. The Air Force's Atlas E program spanned from about 1960-65. The Davenport-area site is one of nine Atlas E missile launch sites built within a 200-mile radius surrounding Fairchild Air Force Base, 12 miles west of Spokane. "It's a fixer-upper missile silo, for all intents and purposes. It's pretty much the original shell. A lot of machinery and everything else has been stripped out a...

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