SATURN V TRANSPORTATION ARCHIVE INCLUDING ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION ART BY THE VON BRAUN TEAM.
A compelling archive of plans, original illustration art, schematics and negatives used to make the Saturn V Transportation Manual. Designed under the direction of Werner Von Braun and Arthur Rudolph at the Marshall Space Center in Alabama, the Saturn V was a multistage liquid-fueled launch vehicle that launched from the Kennedy Space Center. To this day it remains the heaviest, tallest, and most powerful rocket ever operated. Due to its vast size, transportation of rocket stages from the Marshall Space Flight Center (and later from the Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans) to the Kennedy Space Center proved to be a true logistical challenge. The first two stages were so large they had to be transported via barge, with the S-IC traveling down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico, and the S-II, which was constructed in California, traveling via the Panama Canal.
1. Group of 24 original hand-colored illustrations (1830 by 40 inches, 523 by 29 inches, 120 by 15 inches) for the Saturn Transportation Manual.
2. Four 16 by 30 inch hand drawn plans in pen, ink and gouache for docking facilities.
3. Two 19 by 24 inch schematics in pen, ink and pencil on tracing paper of the operator's console for the Saturn V transport vehicle.
4. Three 17 by 27 inch illustrations in pen & ink on paper of the preservation kits for the S-IV, S-IC and S-II stages of the Saturn V rocket, plus one 17 by 27 inch illustration of the R&D Instrumentation Trailer.
5. Six assembly and operator's diagrams ranging in size from 22½ by 28½ inches to 24 by 30 inches, including diagrams of the front dolly assembly, hose & cable assemblies, and the front & rear operator's consoles.
6. Group of three hand-colored illustrations (222 by 18 inches, 124½ by 18 inches) with illustrated mylar overlays depicting "Redstone-Preserved Level 'A'"; "Jupiter Preserved to level 'A'", and a water transport tank.
7. Collection of 60 negatives ranging in size from 9 by 7 inches to 24 by 11 inches for the Stage Transportation S-IC Operating Instructions and Maintenance Manual, which was put out by the Special Transportation Branch Test Laboratory of the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center of NASA.