Flight-ready 1969 LM Reaction Control System oxidizer tank
An original large Bell Aerosystems oxidizer tank made for the Apollo Lunar Module's Reaction Control System (RCS), measuring approximately 12″ in diameter and 42″ tall, with the Bell Aerosystems tag affixed on the side, reading: "Item Name: Tank Oxidizer Reaction Control Sys., Manufacturers Part No. 8339-471102-11, Manufacturers Serial No. 47, Contract or Order No. NAS9-1100." The outside of the tank is also stenciled with black text, "Tank Shell Temperature Shall Not Exceed 160 ° F, Open In Clean Area Only, Caution Handle With Care Do Not Scratch, Nick Or Dent." Includes an enormous inspection record sheet for the 8339-471102 tank, which features a 1:1 scale diagram; unfolded, the page measures approximately 7´ x 3´. Also accompanied by a lengthy Bell Aerosystems packet of documentation concerning the testing and cleaning of the tank; inside, there is a signed "Statement of Flight Worthiness," dated October 29, 1969, in part: "This is to certify that Tank Assembly, 8339-471102-11, Serial Number 47, conforms to all drawings, specification and purchase order requirements…and is considered by Bell Aerosystems Company to be flight worthy as delivered." Also includes an "Oxid Tank Protective Blanket," the original shipping crate from Bell Aerospace in New York, and a specification sheet for the Bell Apollo Lunar Module propellant tanks. In overall fine condition. Cleaned and certified as ready to fly by the contractor, this is a remarkable tank intended as flight-use hardware from the height of the Apollo program. Boasting an extensive paper trail, this is an especially well-documented piece. From the collection of aerospace memorabilia specialist Ken Havekotte. Due to the size and/or weight of this item, a pallett will have to be used and this item will be shipped via Freight. Please call RR Auction for a shipping quote.