Sept. 22, 1966; Deadwood, SD
3:00 a.m. CDT. Police from several vantage points saw a large white
hovering object, changing color to green, red, and back to white.
<>When a spotlight was shone on it, the object would black out
reaction). Two smaller white objects operating independently approached
and hovered nearby. The large object bobbed around and emitted light
beams toward the ground, and finally sped away. (Sagan & Page,
1972, pp. xxii-xxiii.)
Map showing the location of Deadwood, South Dakota,
located near the Minuteman ICBM Complex,
Ellsworth AFB, SD.
44° 08'N 103°06'W
Ellsworth AFB, located about 7 miles east of Rapid City, South
Ellsworth hosted two generations of ICBMs and provides an
case study for understanding the difficulties and costs associated
constructing a first-generation missile complex and how the
was applied to constructing a second-generation complex.
Minuteman ICBM Complex, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota