#AA2078. 1/72 scale. This is a highly-detailed resin kit of the Martin-built Titan II ICBM, also known
as the LGM-25C and the SM-68B. It comes complete with decals.
In 1955, while the first U.S. ICBM Atlas was
developed, the USAF developed a second ICBM, the two-stage, liquid-fueled XB-68/XSM-68 Titan I. Following
Sputnik, the USAF began a search for a more powerful launch vehicle, able to carry
a larger warhead over a greater range and could be fired in a single minute –
or capable of launching civilian and military orbital loads, from satellites to
space capsules. The two-stage Titan II, with double the payload and
the ability to use storable propellants, was the result of that search.
Martin won the contract for a new missile, Titan II. Captive flight tests began in
1961, and in February 1963 a Titan II completed a successful 6,500-mile flight.
By October, the first Strategic Air Command’s first Titan II strategic missile
wing became operational, and by December, all six Titan II squadrons were on operational alert. They remained in
service until retired in 1986.
As a civilian and military orbital launch
vehicle, the Titan II Space Launch Vehicles
(SLVs) continued in service at Vandenberg AFB until 2003.