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Ray Katz
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posted 09-16-2008 05:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ray Katz   Click Here to Email Ray Katz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My favorite Apollo lunar module on display is an early Grumman-built full-scale model which may have been used in training, and is now at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. It's the only Grumman-built LM that I know of that you can actually climb the steps!

Lou Chinal
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posted 09-17-2008 05:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is not a model. It's the flight article that would have been used on Apollo 19. The LM that would have flown on Apollo 18 is at the Cradle of Aviation in New York. I've been in it, and so has Jack Schmitt. He wrote his name inside of it. Now that's an autograph!

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posted 09-17-2008 08:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just this past weekend I was touring all my old haunts of nearly six decades via Google Earth and The Franklin Institute was definitely one of them. There is a LM sitting out on their 'front lawn,' is that the one?

If so, I'm surprised they let it sit out there exposed to the elements and the city.

Lou Chinal
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posted 09-19-2008 02:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As far as I know it's the real thing. I find it hard to believe it's outside also. The people at Cradle of Aviation (Josh Stoff) told me that's where it was shipped off to. They didn't have a building big enough to fit a Lunar Module into.

If you could find out any more info about it, let me know.

Ray Katz
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posted 10-03-2008 10:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ray Katz   Click Here to Email Ray Katz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Franklin Institute's LM is, in fact, outside. It's well maintained. My impression (and I've talked w/people at the Franklin) is that it was a Grumman-built full-sized model used for early development... fitting in electronics, shielding, etc.

Not only is it outside, but you can actually climb the steps! (the hatch is sealed, however...)

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posted 06-20-2015 04:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NASA Glenn   Click Here to Email NASA Glenn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While visiting The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, I was directed to park in the overflow lot where the LM is located. Here are some photos up unterneath the LTA-3DR descent stage.

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