Collection Item Summary:
All of the Apollo missions ended with splashdown in the ocean and recovery by specially trained teams from the U.S. Navy. Astronauts were lifted into hovering Navy helicopters by means of rescue nets attached to hydrolic hoists.
This Air Rescue Net was used December 27, 1968, to recover the Apollo 8 astronauts and it was taken out of service following the rescue. The U.S. Navy transferred it to the Smithsonian in 1969.
Collection Item Long Description:
National Air and Space Museum
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Billy Pugh Company Inc.
Transferred by the U.S. Department of the Navy in cooperation with the Billy Pugh Company, Inc. , Corpus Christi, Texas.
Aluminum, Foam, Nylon, Steel, Stainless Steel
3-D: 129.5 x 135.9 x 27.9cm (51 x 53 1/2 x 11 in.)
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Country of Origin
United States of America