Visitors have to ask to be taken up inside gun turret No. 1, which requires a low stoop and climb up into the uppermost chamber because the entry is too difficult for some. Making it a part of the already 90-minute –Explorer’s Tour” would make a lengthy guided tour even longer, officials said.
Marc David Weintraub, a tour guide on the Missouri, said people are awestruck by the big guns. They are even more awestruck when they climb inside the upper turret room and realize there were nearly 30 men in that room alone. All worked as part of a team to fire the guns every 30 seconds.
–Everybody has basically the same reaction — ‘We didn’t know so much went into doing this,'” Weintraub said.
USS Missouri (BB-63) fires a six-gun salvo from her forward turrets, during shakedown gunnery exercises, August 1944. Six 16-inch projectiles are visible in the air at the extreme right. Photographed by Arthur Stratham.
As usual, click for a better look. If you look carefully, you can see the six 16-inch projectiles near the right edge of the photo.