Project Mercury manual from the flight director's personal library
Gene Kranz's personally-owned Project Mercury manual entitled "Network Operations Directive 61-1 [Revision 3]," 10 x 11.25, August 27, 1962, signed on the first page in black felt tip, "'From my Personal Archives,' Gene Kranz, 'Flight.'" The first page is a memorandum concerning the distribution of revised pages. The manual provides a general overview of a variety of topics and operations procedures, including: “Concept of Operations,” “Network Operations Procedures,” “Radar Systems,” “Telemetry Plan,” “Command Control Plan,” “Radio Interference Protection,” “Communications Plan,” “Data Handling Plan,” “Analog and Digital Systems,” “Logistics,” “Failure Analysis,” “Maintenance Procedures,” “Weather,” and others. In fine condition, with light general wear. Kranz's first position with NASA was as a Mission Control procedures officer for the unmanned Mercury-Redstone 1 test, a position which saw him integrating Mercury Control with the Launch Control Team at Cape Canaveral, Florida, as well as creating the "Go/NoGo" procedures that allowed missions to proceed as planned or be aborted. Kranz performed this role for all unmanned and manned Mercury flights until being promoted to Assistant Flight Director for the flight of MA-7. He remained an Assistant Flight Director for the remaining two Mercury flights and the first three Gemini flights. A fabulous piece from the prolific flight director's personal library.