Dragon Models "Dragon Wings" Display Model
Mercury Spacecraft - “Freedom 7”, Astronaut Alan B. Shepard, May 5, 1961
1:72 Scale. Height with escape tower: 4”
Includes display stand
The first manned sub-orbital flight was the goal of Project Mercury, which operated between 1959 and 1963. The program’s ultimate aim was to put man in orbit around the Earth. This was duly achieved after 20 previous unmanned launches on 20 February 1962 with the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission. Mercury is a Roman god, and is often representative of speed, so the name was apt as the small spacecraft soared around Earth. The Mercury program cost just USD384 million, which was money well spent as it led to the Gemini and Apollo programs that finally put man onto the Moon. North American Aviation was contracted to design and build the Little Joe boosters for the Launch Escape System (LES), while McDonnell Aircraft Corporation was the prime contractor for the 20 craft that were made. The Mercury spacecraft were tiny, with just 1.7m³ of inhabitable space inside for the lone crewman.
The Dragon Wings Space Collection includes high quality, fully assembled, die-cast models of spacecraft and rockets. Each model is crafted with meticulous attention to detail using original specifications.
Category: Dragon Wings Space Collection
Not suitable for children under the age of 14