A Cold War-era missile is just one of the treasures you’ll find among the beat-up cars and piles of metal at a Garland scrapyard that’s worth a day trip from the neighborhood.
The intermediate-range ballistic missile is the same one that was once displayed at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field. In 2014, the missile was damaged when it toppled from its perch and almost fell into the road during a windstorm.
Museum staff decided it was a liability that needed to go. Randy Wilson, president of Industrial Metals and Recycling, “knew a guy” and had the missile transported to the scrapyard, where it’s been located ever since.
Wilson said he has no plans to get rid of it or cut it up.
“I kind of like looking at it,” he said.
Werner Von Braun helped develop Jupiter missiles in the mid-1950s. By the end of the decade, they were deployed to Italy and Turkey, posing a threat to the Soviet Union. During the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, the Kennedy administration negotiated the removal of Soviet missiles from Cuba by recalling the Jupiter missiles from Italy and Turkey.