Boilerplate, Command Module, Apollo, #19A


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

Apollo Command Module Boilerplate #19 was developed for parachute recovery tests. A boilerplate is a metal mockup of the same size as a flight production model. By using an unmanned boilerplate, the parachute recovery system could be evaluated without endangering human life. This boilerplate was first used for parachute drop tests at El Centro, CA in 1964. Upon later modification it became known as Boilerplate #19A and was used to test the VHF recovery antennae in 1968.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Overall: Boilerplate steel


Overall: 127 in. tall x 154 in. diameter at base (322.6 x 391.2cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America


SPACECRAFT-Manned-Test Vehicles

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