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Pilot Jack Kluever is about to land the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle at the Flight Research Center in California during flight 1-174-313 in August 1966. The test program was almost completed and in December the craft would be shipped to Houston to train the Apollo astronauts. Note that Kluever has BOTH HANDS in the air during the landing maneuver!
|MCroft04||Great picture. I just finished reading "The Smell of Kerosene" by Don Mallick who helped test the LLRV. Don says testing the LLRV was one of his 3 big test projects; the other 2 being the YF-12A and XB-70. Must have been great times for these guys!|
|star51L||Impressive. I'd be even more impressed to find out someone landed a LM that way too! |
|Henry Heatherbank|| |
quote: Maybe Pete Conrad if he had gone back on Apollo 20...
Originally posted by star51L:
Impressive. I'd be even more impressed to find out someone landed a LM that way too!
|Robert Pearlman||Since engine cutoff came before the actual landing, I imagine most* of the Apollo commanders had their hands off the controls at the point of landing.|
*The Apollo Lunar Surface Journal notes that on Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong had intended to shut down the engine before the footpads reached the surface but failed to do so. "We actually had the engine running until touchdown. Not that that was intended, necessarily."
|Lou Chinal||I thought the wires would down the engine at 53 inches?|
|Jurg Bolli||I believe that the probes only lit the contact light in the LM, but that engine shutdown had to be done manually. |
|dabolton||You'd think one would keep their hands near the ejection handle on this unstable vehicle. |