Rarely-seen flown A7L assembly.Apollo 13 Flown A7L Checklist and Scissors Pocket Assembly Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise, with Signed LOA. This is one of the only pieces of the A7L pressure suit assembly that wasn't retained by NASA after the mission. This Beta cloth assembly has two pockets. One, made to hold scissors, is 3" x 8.5" with a 3.25" flap held down by Velcro. The other, made to hold a checklist, is 7.5" x 9.5" with a 2" gusset and a 4.5" flap also with Velcro closures. They are held together by 1" wide straps made to secure this around the leg of a spacesuit. The sewn label bears the part number "A7L-201123-01", the serial number "024", and the Code Ident. of "74897". Also included is a flown lanyard that would have attached the scissors to the pouch, part number "SDB 42100118-702" and serial number "1042". Seldom offered and very desirable; we know of only two others ever sold at auction. Some light soiling, otherwise very fine condition. From the Steven R. Belasco Collection of Space Memorabilia.
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Authenticity on his letterhead stating, in full: "Accompanying this letter is my checklist and scissors pocket assembly that was carried on the flight of Apollo 13. The assembly flew in space and around the moon during April 11 to 17, 1970. The flight was planned to be the third manned lunar landing but had to be aborted after a Service Module oxygen tank explosion. This pocket checklist assembly was strapped over my space suited leg during launch and over my IVA coveralls at most other times during the Apollo 13 flight. The smaller pocket held my flight scissors. The brown lanyard was used to help secure those scissors during the weightless conditions of space flight. I used the scissors primarily to open food packages. Jim Lovell and Jack Swigert used our flight scissors to manufacture the make-shift Lithium Hydroxide canister to reduce the carbon dioxide build-up in the Lunar Module. The assembly was a very useful component for our personal flight equipment. A label on the back side of the large pocket reads: Part No. All-201123-01, S/N 024, Code Ident. 74897. The brown lanyard with a plastic tab has identification numbers on the plastic tab read: SDB 42100118-702, SN1054."
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