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Item 8281 - Pad 14 Launch Status Light Structure Catalog 511 (Oct 2017)

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Estimate: $2,000.00 +
Sold Price: $3,660.30 (includes buyer's premium)

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Enormous stoplight-style pad status light structure from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 14, measuring approximately 28 x 46 x 28, used for ten years from 1957-1967, including for the MA-6 flight of Friendship 7 in which John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth. Includes its associated switch box. In very good to fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from a member of the Spacecraft Integration Liaison Office, in part: "This is an original launch complex 14 pad status light for the first manned orbital flight at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Friendship 7 MA-6...Salvaged when the launch pad was destroyed." The letter has been additionally certified by aerospace memorabilia specialist Ken Havekotte, in full: "This Launch Pad 14 status light structure had been used at Cape Canaveral for nearly 10 years (1957-67). Launch site of America's first manned earth orbital spaceflight missions from 1962-63, Launch Complex 14 was designed and built to support Atlas D rocket operations with a total of 32 liftoffs. To the best of my knowledge, it's the only known status light assembly in private hands and has been a part of my own space memorabilia collections for many years. The 4-foot high light unit was detached from its pad base between 1977-79 when salvage operations were conducted." Also includes multiple photos showing the light in place at Pad 14. An absolutely impressive piece boasting fabulous, photo-identified provenance. Due to the size and/or weight of this item, this piece will need to be crated and shipped by a third party freight company.  Please contact shipping@rrauction for additional information.

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