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Redstone Rocket w/ Mercury Spacecraft Model - Dragon Wings 50403

Redstone Rocket w/ Mercury Spacecraft Model - Dragon Wings 50403 - click to enlarge
Redstone Rocket w/ Mercury Spacecraft Model - Dragon Wings 50403 - click to enlarge

Item No. DRW-50403
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Dragon Models "Dragon Wings" Display Model

Redstone Rocket Launch Vehicle with Mercury Spacecraft

1:72 Scale.  Height: 13 1/8”

Includes display stand

NASA's Mercury-Redstone Launch Vehicle, derived from the US Army's Redstone missile and the first stage of the related Jupiter-C, was designed for sub-orbital space flight. The Redstone was chosen by NASA because it was the most reliable of any U.S. ballistic missile at the time with many successful test flights.

The first flight of Mercury-Redstone (MR-1), with an empty capsule, took place on November 21 1960 from Cape Canaveral in Florida, but it only got four inches off the launch pad. However, on January 31, 1961, with Ham the Chimpanzee aboard, MR-2 completed a suborbital flight. Upon recovery of the spacecraft, Ham readily accepted an apple and half an orange. On May 5, 1961 the first American astronaut, Alan Shepard, traveled into space on the third Mercury-Redstone mission (MR-3). The spacecraft's name, and callsign, was "Freedom 7".

On July 21, 1961 a second Mercury-Redstone flight named "Liberty Bell 7", carrying astronaut Virgil Grissom, was launched. These missions were so successful that two additional Mercury-Redstone flights were cancelled. The four subsequent Mercury manned space flights used the more powerful Atlas booster to enter low Earth orbit.

The Dragon Wings Space Collection includes high quality, ready-made, models of modern and historical spacecraft and rockets. They are true-to-scale and crafted with meticulous attention to detail using original specifications.

Category: Dragon Wings Space Collection

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