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    "Attached are several LM-7 parts I removed before 'LM-Sep'"

    Apollo 13 Flown Coiled LM Utility Light Cord, Netting, and Beta Mission Insignia on Plaque as Presented by Fred Haise to Grumman's George M. Skurla and Originally from His Personal Collection. A 13" x 20" x 0.75" wooden plaque where three Apollo 13 flown items removed from the Lunar Module Aquarius by Fred Haise have been mounted: a 3.5" color Beta cloth mission insignia, a coiled utility light cable assembly, approximately 10" long, featuring copper wire inside clear insulation, and a large (6" x 5" overall) piece of Beta cloth netting. An 11" x 9" engraved brass plate beneath reads as follows:

    "To George M. Skurla
    Best Wishes and gratitude for your years of
    devotion toward the development of many flying
    machines. My personal thanks for your leadership
    of the Grumman KSC Team that launched a better
    than perfect LM-7. Aquarius, serving as a lifeboat
    on the Apollo 13 aborted lunar mission, saved the
    crew even though pressed beyond design specs.
    Attached are several LM-7 parts I removed before
    'LM-SEP' on April 17, 1970 approached earth entry.
    [signature in engraving] Fred W. Haise
    Apollo 13 Lunar Module Pilot"

    Signed twice at the bottom: "Fred W. Haise", once in black felt tip on the plate and once in gold ink on the wooden plaque. Two color 8" x 10" photos are included that show Haise placing the black felt tip signature at the bottom. A unique presentation given to the man who directed the production of the Apollo Lunar Module program from an astronaut grateful that the quality and "over-engineering" built in to LM-7 Aquarius was such that he and his crewmates made it back to earth alive and well. Excellent.

    Also included with this lot are three original NASA 10" x 8" photos, also from Mr. Skurla's collection:
    AS13-58-8458: "Red number" color glossy with "A Kodak Paper" watermark. A view of the damaged Apollo 13 Service Module (SM) as photographed from the Command Module (CM) just after the CM/SM separation prior to Earth re-entry on April 17, 1970.
    AS13-59-8501: B&W glossy. A view of the damaged Apollo 13 Service Module (SM) as photographed from the Lunar Module/Command Module following SM jettisoning on April 17, 1970.
    AS13-59-8562: B&W glossy. A view of the Apollo 13 Lunar Module (LM) as photographed from the Command Module (CM) just after the LM had been jettisoned on April 17, 1970.

    George M. Skurla started with Grumman as an apprentice aeronautical engineer after he graduated from the University of Michigan in 1944. He rose through the ranks and became Director of Operations at Kennedy Space Center in 1965. He oversaw the production of the Apollo LM and later the F-14 Tomcat and A-6 Intruder aircraft. In 1985, he was promoted to President and CEO of Grumman and retired soon after.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2015
    22nd Friday
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