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heng44
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posted 02-09-2013 01:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


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!

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posted 02-09-2013 08:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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!

randy
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posted 02-09-2013 05:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
TOUCHDOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

star51L
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posted 02-09-2013 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for star51L   Click Here to Email star51L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Impressive. I'd be even more impressed to find out someone landed a LM that way too!

Henry Heatherbank
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posted 02-10-2013 01:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henry Heatherbank     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by star51L:
Impressive. I'd be even more impressed to find out someone landed a LM that way too!
Maybe Pete Conrad if he had gone back on Apollo 20...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-10-2013 04:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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
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posted 02-10-2013 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought the wires would down the engine at 53 inches?

Jurg Bolli
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posted 02-11-2013 12:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe that the probes only lit the contact light in the LM, but that engine shutdown had to be done manually.

dabolton
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posted 02-11-2013 12:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dabolton   Click Here to Email dabolton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You'd think one would keep their hands near the ejection handle on this unstable vehicle.

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