Exceptional vintage contractor's model of the Gemini Astronaut Maneuvering Unit (AMU), manufactured by the Ling-Temco-Vought (LTV) Aerospace Corporation. The 1:4 scale model measures 6″ x 4.25″ x 8″, with control arms that extend 4.25″ from the backpack. The detailed model features small thruster jets, an astronaut support strap, white wire electrical connectors, and "LTV" and "USAF" decals. Complete with a wooden display stand, which features a color 5 x 4 photo of an AMU concept drawing, signed and inscribed across the top by LTV Program Manager William C. 'Bill' McMillin, designer of the AMU, "For Farris, W. C. Bill McMillin, LTV." In very good condition, with scattered chipping to paint, and cracks and material loss where the control arms meet the backpack (the back-weighted arms still fit securely in their sockets), and McMillin's signature faded but mostly legible. From the personal collection of Emmy Award-winning historian Farris Rookstool, III, who notes that this is the only AMU model that McMillin ever personally autographed.
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