DescriptionApollo 12 Lunar Module Intrepid Flown Spacecraft Identification Plate. A metal plate of 5.25" x 1.75" mounted to a 10" x 11" wooden display plaque beneath a metal die-cut representation of the lunar module. Engraved on the plate from the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. is the following:
CDR. C. CONRAD CDR. R. GORDON CDR. A. BEAN
above the Part No. "LDW280=54000-23, the Serial No. "001" and other information such as the Dsgn Cont No. "1st Lunar Exploration", Contr No. "NAS 9-1100", Launch "11-14-69", and Splashdown "11-24-69".
The origin of this plate is explained by Apollo 12 Command Module Pilot Richard Gordon in his handwritten and signed letter of authenticity (in full): "Three Lunar Module 6 Identification Plates were flown to the Moon on Apollo XII and returned to the manufacturer, Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. GAEC then mounted each ID plate along with a depiction of the Lunar Module on a shield shaped wall plaque and presented one to each crew member, Conrad, Gordon and Bean. The ID plate also shows the part no., serial no., contract no., launch and splashdown dates, and the LM manufacturer. This plaque has been in my personal collection since the completion of the Apollo XII mission. Richard Gordon Apollo XII CMP". From the collection of Richard Gordon.
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