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taneal1
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posted 02-18-2015 03:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for taneal1   Click Here to Email taneal1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Curt Newport's really great book "Lost Spacecraft" relates the odyssey of Gus Grissom's Liberty Bell 7, and Curt's arduous quest to recover it.

Included with the book are several spacecraft drawings from the McDonnell Aircraft Corp. used by Curt to determine the best recovery procedure. These drawings are numbered by MAC as 45-xxxxx.

Does anyone have, or know where additional drawings may be found?

Thanks for any thoughts...

minipci
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posted 02-19-2015 05:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for minipci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Boeing?

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posted 02-19-2015 08:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I googled 'McDonnell engineering drawings of Mercury spacecraft' and came up with a LOT displayed. If you click on one that is the same or close to the one in Newport's book, maybe you can trace more back to the source (I saw that NASA-JSC, the NASA history office and astronautix.com come up).

taneal1
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posted 02-19-2015 09:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for taneal1   Click Here to Email taneal1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by onesmallstep:
I googled 'McDonnell engineering drawings of Mercury spacecraft' and came up with a LOT displayed.
Thanks for the reply, but getting a lot of responses is no indication that it has found actual drawings. What I get in this type of search is the words "engineering drawing" appearing on the site in a document, but their are no actual scale drawings.

At best there are line drawings from NASA publications that have been available for years.

For example, the first reference displayed when I google 'McDonnell Mercury drawings' is my original post asking for the drawings.

If you have found ACTUAL DRAWINGS on any site please post the URL because I'm not finding any actual drawings. — Tom

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posted 02-19-2015 09:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't have my copy of "Lost Spacecraft" handy at the moment, but something like this?

taneal1
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posted 02-19-2015 10:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for taneal1   Click Here to Email taneal1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Close, but not quite. This one does have a few station numbers, and it is from McDonnell, but it is only designed to show equipment locations.

McDonnell plans for Mercury all start with the number 45. For example this is 45-32005 at 25% of full size:

This is a construction blueprint. Note the multiple views of details. The McD description of the drawing is in the lower right hand corner.

Jim Behling
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posted 02-20-2015 10:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would say that the bulk of the drawings are not going to be electronic and hence unavailable on the web. Boeing archives would be the place that they are at.
They would number in the hundreds and what would be the purpose of making them available? Scanning is very labor intensive and hence costly.

taneal1
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posted 02-20-2015 12:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for taneal1   Click Here to Email taneal1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, I believe Boeing should have them, but they are McDonnell records, not Boeing, so that seems to offer the least chance of success.

NASA uses the National Archives. I believe the Fort Worth Branch. The McDonnell "blueprints" are available there, or so I've been told. I'm hoping someone will respond who has had dealings with them, and can give me some advice.

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