Lot 5004: Launch Pad 5 Floodlight Signed by Shepard and Wendt

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-06-29 15:09:49

Lot 5004: Floodlight from the gantry structure of Launch Complex 5 at Cape Canaveral, signed on the top of the lamp in black felt tip, "Alan Shepard, MR-3 Pilot, Launch Pad 5," and on the bottom of the bracket, "Pad 5 Pad Leader, Guenter F. Wendt." The lamp measures 8? in diameter and 7? deep, and it is attached to a 7? long bracket. Expected wear from use outdoors, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Ken Havekotte, stating that this floodlight was taken from two sets of four lights purchased from the Gainesville Scrap Iron & Metal Company in 1971 after they had been removed by the company when the gantry tower was dismantled in July 1964. It was then on display at the USAF Space Museum and signed by Alan Shepard during a visit on September 14, 1993. Accompanied by a photo of prelaunch activities at Pad 5 prior to Gus Grissom's MR-4 flight, signed in black felt tip by Grissom's son, Scott. Launch Complex 5 was the launch site for the historic 1961 suborbital Mercury-Redstone 3 mission that made Alan Shepard the first American in space. As a substantial portion of the gantry signed by the astronaut of its most important flight—and NASA's storied pad leader—this is an exceptional piece of aeronautical history. Oversized. RR Auction's The Nasa Collection of Leon Ford Auction 455 Thursday, 25th June 2015 Estimate: $6000 - 8000
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