Flight Path Museum recently added three significant new exhibits to the popular Space Gallery: two scale model rockets and an impressive collection of aerospace engineering memorabilia.
Now on display are a 1/74 scale model of the Skylab-Saturn V rocket, a 1/30 scale model of the Delta IV rocket, and selected mementos and memorabilia related to NASA’s Mercury program, according to Flight Path President Lynne Adelman.
The nearly five-foot tall Skylab-Saturn V rocket model, donated by Stephen Soukup of the Flight Path Board of Directors, is displayed with accompanying graphics and text that describe the features and performance of this immense rocket and the Skylab space station it carried. Skylab was America’s first space station. Between May 1973 and February 1974, three, three-man astronaut crews occupied the Skylab station for periods of up to 84 days, performing unique and first-time space-based scientific research.
The seven-foot tall Delta IV rocket model was donated by Boeing Defense, Space and Security of El Segundo. It originally was designed by Boeing in Huntington Beach as part of the U. S. Air Force Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program and also marketed by Boeing as a commercial satellite launcher. The model is a Delta IV M+(5,4), meaning it is a delta Medium vehicle, equipped with a five-meter-diameter payload fairing, and augmented with four strap-on boosters. The Delta IV family of vehicles now is produced by United Launch Alliance in Decatur, Alabama, and is a major part of the U. S. military space launch enterprise.
NASA Mercury Program materials are included in a notebook of mementos and memorabilia loaned to Flight Path by Robert Combs of El Segundo, collected during his service as a propulsion engineer supporting the Mercury program. Mercury, the first manned U. S. space program, launched Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom on America’s initial sub-orbital flights, followed by orbital missions piloted by John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra and Gordon Cooper. The displayed pages of the Combs notebook will be rotated periodically to show as much of the material as possible.
The Flight Path Space Gallery first opened in 2016 with major support from The Aerospace Corporation and other generous donors. The gallery showcases the history of space exploration and is open to the public free of charge during regular museum operating hours.