I was looking at Frank Warren's site today and came across Robert Hasting's article relaying that David Schuur had passed on 31 May 2013.
Mr. Schuur had provided an interview to Robert Hastings back in 2008 describing a UFO encounter while on alert duty at Minot AFB back in the mid to late 1960s. I had written a blog post regarding Mr. Schuur's experience back in December, 2010: "Did a UFO Attempt to Launch Minot AFB ICBMs?"
Recently, prior to Mr. Schuur's death, I had updated the post:
David Schuur's interview to Robert Hastings brought up the idea that he had tapes to turn into his squadron and/or other base personnel.
I had downplayed this as confusion centering around printed tapes that would have recorded commands issued and received by the crew and that this capability was non-existent for the Minuteman I system.
Frankly, the confusion is mine. David Schuur in all probability turned in recorded tapes after his alert cycle. I came across a web page that detailed Minuteman alert crews back in 1967-68. This apparently was an Air Force promotional spot that may have either aired on TV back in the 67-68 time frame or was a promotional film that was shown to civic gatherings.
In the film, it details a 12 SMS crew at Malmstrom AFB. The film and it's narrator makes a point to show the voice tape recording system that was installed in the LCC. Per the narrator, this was supposed to be activated during a higher state of readiness and in preparation to launching the flight's ICBMs. Basically, it would have been a voice record of the event since there were no other capability to have a written trail to show the actions of the crew.
Obviously, by the time Minuteman II had been fielded, upgrades resulted in a printer system that recorded day to day actions of the crew. These tapes had to be turned into the squadron hq when the crew returned to base.
I thought this to be an important item that I had discovered which clarified Mr. Schuur's statements regarding the issue of tapes.
My sincere condolences to the Schuur family.