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LM-12
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posted 10-17-2016 11:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by LM-12:
...there is an "American Eagle" tag on Ed White's FDI (Flight Director Indicator) on the instrument panel.
The National Air and Space Museum also has this great panoramic view of the Gemini 4 interior that shows the "American Eagle" tag.

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posted 10-19-2016 01:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The tag can clearly be seen through the hatch opening of the Gemini 4 spacecraft in its new location in the museum.

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posted 02-20-2017 08:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for YankeeClipper   Click Here to Email YankeeClipper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Michael Collins gave the following account on p. 29 of LIFE Magazine, August 22, 1969:
I prefer people to machinery but there are times when cold, inanimate objects deserve the affection, regard and esteem usually reserved for flesh and blood. July 24 was such a time, and Columbia such a machine. She had taken us across a hostile, black void to an alien planet, then back again, serenely depositing us almost affectionately on the bluest of blue waters. It didn't seem just to leave her scorched carcass unceremoniously, gutted and unattended, without somehow trying to mark her, to set her apart.

That night on the Hornet I clambered back on board and, ballpoint in hand, stood navigation station, staring at the blank expanse of gray bulkhead. I couldn't think of words eloquent enough to describe my emotions but finally I wrote:

"Spacecraft 107, alias Apollo 11, alias Columbia. The best ship to come down the line. God bless her."

This story was retold in Carrying the Fire but there it is written that it occurred on the second evening aboard USS Hornet.

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posted 01-23-2019 01:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by robsouth:
Does anyone have a photo of Cooper's drawing inside the Gemini V spacecraft?

Here is some great footage of the post-recovery inspection of the Gemini 5 spacecraft on the USS Lake Champlain.

Photo S-65-45889 shows the Gemini 5 spacecraft instrument panel with the covered wagon drawing.


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