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WAWalsh
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posted 03-24-2003 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
During the wishful thinking sequence in "Apollo 13" when Jim Lovell is shown envisioning his first steps on the moon, his spacesuit in the movie raised two questions:

First, was Jim Lovell's suit going to be the first one with the red commander's strip? (I suspect this is a yes.)

Second, the movie shows the center crown of the helmet with Navy anchors, did Capt. Lovell actually make this addition to his helmet for the mission?

John K. Rochester
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posted 03-24-2003 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for John K. Rochester   Click Here to Email John K. Rochester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, as did Pete Conrad wanting to make giant "Propeller Beanies" for he and Al Bean to wear on the lunar surface. The astronauts could "doll up" the helmets I guess.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-24-2003 11:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In answer to your questions:

Lovell's actual suit, prior to flight, shows clearly the red stripes.

As for the Navy anchors, that's an affirmative, too. Lovell says as much in his narration of the Special Edition DVD. And here's a photo.

Jurg Bolli
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posted 03-24-2003 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If memory serves me right, Lovell's helmet is at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, with the Navy sticker on it.

There seems to be a photo of Conrad wearing a funny hat in the command module, with a propeller on it: eternal joker, I wish I had met him.

Dirk
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posted 08-30-2013 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dirk   Click Here to Email Dirk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In the movie "Apollo 13," James Lovell (Hanks) is wearing a WSS with red commander bands on the arm as the astronaut left the dressing room.

I can find no photo of Lovell with this kind of suit. All pictures are without the red band. Did his spacesuit had red bands?

Editor's note: Threads merged.

cycleroadie
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posted 08-30-2013 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to NASA, yes it did.

p51
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posted 08-30-2013 05:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd always wondered about that anchor, too.
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Originally posted by Jurg Bolli:
There seems to be a photo of Conrad wearing a funny hat in the command module, with a propeller on it: eternal joker, I wish I had met him.
That hat is at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, I've heard plenty of people snicker when they see it, with a photo of him wearing it right next to it. Some have commented, "There's no way an astronaut would wear that," apparently not realizing most of these former military pilots are just the kind to do stuff like that.

Tom
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posted 08-30-2013 08:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dirk:
I can find no photo of Lovell with this kind of suit. All pictures are without the red band.
This photo (courtesy of spacefacts.de) clearly shows the red stripes on Lovell's suit.

LM-12
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posted 08-30-2013 11:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Photo S70-34848 is another.

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