APOLLO I & APOLLO VII Data Cable Display by Ron Cole
Authentic material from APOLLO I is extremely rare and difficult for collectors to find. Kapton foil and other flown materials from later Apollo missions can be much easier to find since NASA allowed it to be taken after many missions during the program. Even APOLLO 11 relics are relatively common, though the samples are usually very small and pricey, or of vague provenance. When we had an opportunity to acquire this small section of insulated data cable from the APOLLO I and APOLLO VII Crew Access Arm (CAA) of Launch Complex [pad] 34 from a very reliable source (along with kapton foil, X-15, and other relics) - we had to have it, and in turn, make it available to our customers!
CAA/34 was utilized for only two manned Apollo missions - I and VII. Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee of APOLLO I used this CAA, as did Walter Schirra, Donn Eisele, and R. Walter Cunningham of APOLLO VII.
The photo, below, depicts the crew of APOLLO I walking across CAA/34 to access the command module of APOLLO I (CSM-012) at 1:00 p.m. on January 27, 1967. The foil-covered shielded data cable can be seen running above their heads across the CAA.
Details of these small section of preserved cable:
Ron Cole has portrayed the successful launch of APOLLO VII on October 22, 1968, with these carefully cut cross-sections of this data cable. Each have been combined in these 11x17-inch (size of the artwork, overall frame size is 13x19-inches) wall-hanging framed displays. Each are signed and numbered by the artist. Ron felt that the success of APOLLO VII was a fitting tribute both to the crews of APOLLO VII and APOLLO I.
This series is extremely limited and based upon the size of the original preserved relic. Each display is numbered from one to fifty - but realistically we'll only get between 25 and 30 before the material is exhausted.
Ron Cole has designed and is providing a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) with this important piece. It will be attached to the back of each display, and includes the period photo depicted, above. This photo accompanied the data cable when Cole's Aircraft acquired it in 2022.
NO DISCOUNT CODES, please. These won't last long and it's fair to maintain the same price for all of our customers on this rare piece.
*The artwork has been revised to depict the technically correct Saturn 1B rocket.
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