Rare pre-flight procedure book for Alan Shepard's historic launch
Mercury-Redstone 3 (Freedom 7) NASA/
McDonnell Internal "CCMTA Florida Test Procedure Pre-Countdown and
Countdown Procedure" Book from the Collection of McDonnell's Robert
McLean. A three-hole punched book, 8.5" x 11", of approximately
140 pages, printed one-side only. It was prepared by Robert K.
Lindsay and the last revision date on the cover is April 12, 1960.
Handwritten by McLean on the front is the date of flight, liftoff
time, velocity at cut-off, and time of flight. The "Objectives"
page begins with: "This document is to be used as a guide for
operations during pre-launch and launch of Capsule 7 (MR-3).
Pre-launch activities demonstrate preparedness of the
Communications System, Automatic Stabilization System,
Environmental System and Instrumentation System. Combined Capsule/
Booster abort tests followed by a power transfer complete this
portion of Pre-Launch." Numerous of the pages have handwritten
notations, data entries, and green underlining as it was used for
its intended purpose by McLean. McLean would, soon after these
tests, be in the launch blockhouse when Shepard put us on the path
to landing on the moon. An amazing and important document from one
of the key players in this first manned launch of the United States
Space program. Signs of use and wear, very good.
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