Lot 467: Space Parts

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-12-18 16:59:56

Lot 467: Unique collection of small and large space and aviation hardware. First, a North American Aviation ejection seat assembly skeleton, 22.25 x 47 x 34.5, with wooden backrest, foam headrest and armrests with "Danger" stickers affixed just below gripping mechanism at end of each arm, the left handle reading "1NS–172–53123–7." Each foot rest bears the "NAA" logo, and the label on left side of back frame features various identification numbers, including: "Part No. 176–53009–I," "Order No. AF 33–6517," "Serial No. 1247," "Inspect WUC2, 1F86227," and a date of "6–23-53." The label reads at the bottom, "Property of U.S. Government." Second, a heavy unexpended Space Shuttle GSE booster tie-down bolt, 31.5 x 3.5 x 3.5, with external grooves at each end. One end features a 1? smooth fitting, and the other a .5? tapped hole with internal threads, reading below, "10183–0003–002, S/N 1000158, Lot 2050–22." The ends and body bear red spray paint; at booster ignition, eight of these bolts were explosively separated allowing liftoff of the Shuttle. Also included is an unopened waste fluid collector assembly, 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.75, designed by the Quality Control Department at Grumman Aircraft Engineering, with design control number "LSC 340–201–529"; a lock spring assembly, 4.75 x 1, designed by Grumman Aircraft Engineering, with tags and matching "MFG Part No. LDW320–23751–1"; an unopened helium valve, 5.5 x 3.25, designed by Grumman Aircraft Engineering, with matching inspection labels and a packaging date of "12–23–69"; an unopened package of 'O' rings, 1? in diameter, still in its original Vacco Industries envelope, part number "012–17387"; two unopened packages of single metal seals, .5? in diameter, with matching "MFG Part No. LSC269–118–6"; and an unopened package of four spring valves, each 1.5 x .25, with original KSC Quality Control master tag, stamp-dated January 15, 1970, and report number "B–60897." In overall fine to very good condition, with overall wear to ejection seat, adhesive and label remnants to main body, and some damage to external grooves, including an apparent melt line, stripping, and denting to the cylinder. From the Leon Ford Collection. Oversized. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467 Wednesday, 13th January 2016 Estimate: $300-500
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