Vtg Precise Grumman Nasa Apollo Lunar Excursion Module Us Desk Top Display Model For SaleRARE & VINTAGE 1962 PRECISE MODELS INC 1/40 SCALE NASA APOLLO LUNAR EXCURSION MODULE (LEM) GRUMMAN FACTORY AEROSPACE ENGINEER CONTRACTOR DESKTOP DISPLAY SPACE MODEL WITH ORIGINAL BASE STAND. VIA FORMER USAF GENERAL CURTIS LEMAY SUPREME COMMANDER OF SAC.
RARE & VINTAGE 1962 PRECISE MODELS INC 1/40 SCALE NASA APOLLO LUNAR EXCURSION MODULE (LEM) GRUMMAN FACTORY AEROSPACE ENGINEER CONTRACTOR DESKTOP DISPLAY SPACE MODEL WITH ORIGINAL BASE STAND. VIA FORMER USAF GENERAL CURTIS LEMAY SUPREME COMMANDER OF SAC.
This sale is for a RARE & VINTAGE 1962 PRECISE MODELS INC 1/40 SCALE NASA APOLLO LUNAR EXCURSION MODULE (LEM) GRUMMAN FACTORY AEROSPACE ENGINEER CONTRACTOR DESKTOP DISPLAY SPACE MODEL WITH ORIGINAL BASE STAND. VIA FORMER USAF GENERAL CURTIS LEMAY SUPREME COMMANDER OF SAC.
This rare model is made of fiberglass/metal/resin/hard plastic composite type materials. The lunar excursion module model itself measures approximately 10.25" in diameter (varies) x 7.00" tall (varies). The hard acrylic plastic and metal base stand measures approximately 10.25" in diameter x 1.75" tall (varies).
Important Information About This Rare NASA Apollo Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) Model & Base Stand:
The model itself has a few very small smudge, dirt, scuff and scratch spots on it. There's some very minor wear on the all of the model's edge surfaces. There's some minor drying, minor yellowing of the original decals and some very minor paint loss. There's some minor rusting of the model's original metal landing gear and a few of the metal landing gear have some very small bends in each of them. The acrylic stand shows some minor scratch, scuff, smudge and dirt spots on it. As far as all of my online research indicates, all of the model's original parts are intact. Overall this model and base stand are in mint condition for being approximately fifty one (51) years old. The model and base stand are being sold in "as is condition". The original Precise Models Inc, factory model box is unfortunately not included. I'll certainly take great care in boxing this vintage model up for shipping, to the winning high buyer.
I acquired this rare model and many others like it, via family members of former USAF General, Curtis Emerson LeMay, The Supreme Commander of The Strategic Air Command (SAC).
A Short History About Former USAF General Curtis Emerson LeMay, Commander of The Strategic Air Command:
General Curtis Emerson LeMay was the “Father of the Strategic Air Command.” When he took over as its commander in 1948, it consisted of little more than a few understaffed and untrained B-29 groups left over from World War II. Less than half its aircraft were operational and the crews were next to worthless. He ordered a mock bombing raid on Dayton, Ohio, and most of the bombers missed their targets by one to two miles. That was unacceptable.
He subjected his men to vigorous training and long hours of hard work, but fought for additional pay and better housing to make their demanding lives more tolerable. He obtained vast fleets of new bombers, established a vast aerial refueling system, started many new units and bases, began missile development, and established a strict command and control system. When he left the command in 1957 to assume his new job as Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, SAC was the most powerful military force the world had ever seen.
But that was only one of his many accomplishments. He was the outstanding air combat leader of World War II. He developed the bombardment tactics and strategies that left Nazi Germany in rubble. He was transferred to the Pacific theater, where he took over command of the B-29’s and led the air war against Japan. He incinerated every major Japanese city and oversaw the dropping of the atomic bombs. After the war, he organized he famous Berlin Air Lift. It was this confrontation that began the Cold War and resulted in Lemay being given the job of whipping the fledging Strategic Air Command into shape.
He was always the best pilot, best navigator and best bombardier in ever unit he ever served or commanded. He often demonstrated his courage by personally leading his bombers on the dangerous missions, including what many regard as the most dangerous mission ever flown - the attack on Regensberg, Germany. The Army Air Forces lost half of the 1,000 planes launched that day, which has gone down in Air Force history as “Black Thursday.”
If his crews weren’t flying missions, then they were subjected to his relentless training. He believed it was the key to saving their lives and more quickly ending the war. They called him "Iron Ass" because he demanded so much, but they respected him immensely. A popular story that was widely circulated in SAC is that he approached a fully-fueled bomber with his ever-present cigar stuck firmly between his lips. A guard asked him to put it out, as it might blow up the aircraft. Lemay replied, “It wouldn’t dare.”
Curtis Lemay served as a general for seventeen years - longer than any other man in the history of the United States military. He received every award his country could bestow, other than the Medal of Honor. He was decorated by many other nations. In 1961, he became the Air Force Chief of Staff, it’s highest position.
He was the Cold War's fiercest warrior. His very first war plan drawn up in 1949, proposed delivering, "the entire stockpile of atomic bombs in a single massive attack." That meant dropping 133 A-bombs on 70 cities within 30 days. He argued that, "if you are going to use military force, then you ought to use overwhelming military force. Use too much and deliberately use too much.. you’ll save lives, not only your own, but the enemy's too." The old warrior died on Oct. 1, 1990. He is buried in the United States Air Force Academy Cemetery at Colorado Springs, Colorado.
A Short History about the NASA Apollo Grumman Lunar Excursion Module :
The Apollo Lunar Module (LM), previously known as the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM), was the lander portion of the Apollo spacecraft built for the US Apollo program by Grumman to carry a crew of two from lunar orbit to the surface and back. Six such craft successfully landed on the Moon between 1969–1972.
The LM, consisting of an ascent stage and descent stage, was ferried to lunar orbit by its companion Command/Service Module (CSM), a separate spacecraft of approximately twice its mass, which also took the astronauts home to Earth. After completing its mission, the LM was discarded. In one sense it was the world's first true spacecraft in that it was capable of operation only in outer space, structurally and aerodynamically incapable of flight through the Earth's atmosphere.
Its development was also plagued with several hurdles which delayed its first unmanned flight by about ten months, and its first manned flight by about three months. Despite this, the LM eventually became the most reliable component of the Apollo/Saturn system, the only one never to suffer any failure that significantly impacted a mission, and in at least one instance (Apollo 13's LM-7 Aquarius) greatly exceeded its design requirements by maintaining life support for astronauts after an explosion damaged the Apollo Service Module.
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