on 11 June 2012
Comprehensive content including: seats, suit, life support, controls. How to fly, where the bonnet/hood release is, thrusters, landing pads, sensors...everything the pilot needs to understand this no-nonsense craft. All reproduced in black ink from the original Grumman tech manual with plenty of photos and diagrams. Not so chunky (decent paperback novel thickness) but packed with fascinating information and practically unknown insights into how the equipment and facilities influenced what these brave men were able to achieve in the unforgiving lunar and space environments. A great document for engineers, designers and anyone interested in the 'transitional' aerospace technology of the 1960s. A functional, concise document that makes you wonder how we'd do it differently today. Most of the problems were solved and designs produced by guys who grew up in aircraft/marine/military engineering without any digital tech to hand. As I read I started to think about the organisational structure required to get humans on the moon and back (politically driven or not) and was freshly respectful of the men and women who delivered the dream.