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Nuclear Switch

Historic Replica

This is replica of the launch switch panel used in U.S. nuclear missile launch silos during the Cold War. The official name for this panel is the “Cooperative Launch Switch” because two officers, sitting next to each other, each had to turn a separate switch together at the same time to launch the missiles. After hours or searching I was able to identify, and buy, two of the actual vintage switches that were used on those control panels. The front panel was recreated, cut and engraved from thick aluminum plate. I even replicated the tiny ID sticker seen on the real panels. The switch itself is beautiful, so I mounted it to a clear acrylic stand so you could see the inner workings. When you turn the switch it snaps into place with a loud, satisfying KACHONK! The end of the world would have begun … with a KACHONK!

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