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DescriptionNASA Training-Used Milliken DBM-5C 16mm High Speed Movie Camera Body, circa 1962. A camera system that was capable of filming from 4 up to 500 frames per second, possibly used in underwater astronaut training. This heavyweight camera is 4.5" x 7.5" x 11" and bears numerous stickers and labels, one of which gives the acquisition cost as $3712! These Milliken (now Teledyne) cameras were used in many capacities at NASA. Two each were installed in the "Balls Three" and "Balls Eight" Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bombers used to launch the legendary X-15 rocket planes. In the Mercury program, the footage we see of the astronauts in flight was supplied by the Milliken Pilot Observer Camera. Included is a reprint of an early 1963 Milliken ad showing this model camera. What a super item for display, should appeal to both Space and Photography collectors. Not tested, but it appears to be in fine condition internally. Case is quite scratched and scraped from obvious heavy use. No lens included.
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