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davidcwagner
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posted 10-26-2012 01:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for davidcwagner   Click Here to Email davidcwagner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Value of a Bell Aerosystems Lunar Landing Landing Test Vehicle Preflight Checklist (Checklist No. 7260-931005, Revision A, Issue Date: 1 November 1968)?

8" x 5" single-sided green cardstock pages

Cover Page, Table of contents, & 27 page checklist for a total of 29 pages

Also has 7" x 5" photo. The photo shows about 50 people in front of a LLTV

LOR
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posted 11-02-2012 08:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LOR   Click Here to Email LOR     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The checklist you have is referenced as a "Flight Checkout Inspection and Servicing" checklist in Bell Aerosystems' Report No. 7260-954002 "Lunar Landing Training Vehicle Service and Maintenance Manual" (MSC Houston, TX).

I'd say your checklist was used by the checkout teams, not the actual pilots and therefore its value is related to its scarcity, not its relationship to any astronaut.

The same report mentioned before lists other 6 checklists in the same category (out of a total 14 checklists related to the LLTV), so your checklist covers only a fraction of the documents related to the LLTV operations.

Don't get me wrong, I think the checklist is a valuable piece of history, but I am not sure it will bring a lot of money. Are there any handwritten notes or signatures on it? Have you checked with more knowledgeable people than me (e.g. auction house experts)?

Just my humble opinion. Hope it helps.

davidcwagner
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posted 11-02-2012 09:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for davidcwagner   Click Here to Email davidcwagner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info. Very helpful.

Only two notes on the cover page:

  • Under Copy No. is a blue stamp "0020"
  • In red is the name "Gronmeyer"
It is interesting to note the LLTV-1 December 8, 1968 crash (piloted by Joe Algranti). Less need for the checklist after that.

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