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    Apollo 11: Original Handwritten Grumman Work Order to Install the Flag Scabbard and Plaque Assemblies on LM-5's Descent Stage Just Days before Launch. Two related original Grumman "Test Preparation Sheet" forms marked "Emergency", one a single page, the other, five pages. Both are filled in by hand and bear multiple signatures and come to auction from the estate of William Brownson who worked for Grumman at KSC in Spacecraft and Ground Support Equipment for this mission. The flag scabbard (or shield) was designed to carry the U.S. flag and its assembly in a lightweight protective shroud that would protect it from the extreme exhaust temperatures of the lunar landing. The plaque is well known to all, a metal plate still on the lunar surface that reads:
    JULY 1969 A.D.

    After nearly fifty years, to find this original handwritten Work Order is amazing, a true piece of history. Included with the original six pages are two period photocopies of the entire document. Don't pass this up. All are fine.

    The content of the documents are as follows.
    July 7, 1969: One page, 8.5" x 11", marked 1 of 1. Reason For Work "To Install GFE [Government Furnished Equipment] on +Z Strut Ladder. (NASA 'Project LL' Ref.)". Covers four main steps, as follow.
    (1) Record Wt. of Scabbard & Plaque Assys (Including All Hardware) SEB39104358-302, SEB39104359-201...
    (2) Install Scabbard Assy to +Y Side of Ladder...
    (3) Install Plaque Assy Between 3rd & 4th Rung of Ladder...
    (4) Photo Coverage- After Inst
    Signed top and bottom by William Downey, M Goodkind, Joe Funke, G M Low, T K Lippincott, C. B. Mars, R. C. McDowell, and others.
    July 8, 1969: Five pages, Mod Sheet "A", sheets marked 1 [2,3,4,5] of 5, spells out the detailed step by step instructions for the job. Reason For Work "Installation of Government-furnished flag scabbard and plaque assemblies on +Z strut ladder. (Reference NASA Project LL.) Special Notes "Detailed instructions on this modification sheet were furnished by Jack Kinzler, Chief of Technical Services, MSC..." Signed by Richard Plunkett, M Goodkind, Joe Funke, C. Mars. George M Low and others. A summary of the twenty-one steps follows.
    (1) Delete steps 2 and 3 of basic TPS [July 7 document above] and substitute for them steps 2 through 21...
    (2) Install flag scabbard assembly to the +Y side of the ladder per MSC Drawing SEB 39104358...
    (3) Install Spacer Gage furnished between...
    (4) Before entering SLA [Spacecraft Lunar Module Adapter] interior remove eight 10-24 N.C. socket screws...
    (5) Insert flag sub-assembly against ladder on rear of left-hand (+Y) rail...
    (6) Insert the -002 Cap Mount Brackets...
    (7) Using the calibrated torque wrench furnished by MSC...
    (8) Remove the tape holding the space gage installed in step 3...
    (9) Using feeler gage or shim stock...
    (10) Visually verify the integrity of the small pip-pin...
    (11) Remove tools, spacer gage, torque wrench and other manufacturing aids from the SLA
    (12) Hand-clean exterior parts of the flag scabbard installation with a Freon-saturated cloth.
    (13) Install plaque assembly between the third and fourth ladder rungs (counting from the bottom) per MSC drawing SEB 39104359...
    (14) Before entering SLA interior, remove the plaque cover and verify orientation of the plaque itself...
    (15) Before entering SLA interior and after Step 14 is performed, install the 1/16-inch...
    (16) Install four stainless steel clamps...
    (17) Insert the covered plaque assembly...
    (18) Install the four 6-32 round-head slotted stainless steel screws...
    (19) Torque each of the screws...
    (20) Remove tools and manufacturing aids from the SLA.
    (21) Hand-clean exposed and visible portions of plaque installation...

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