To the Hadley Plains
Arthur Scholz, Boeing’s LRV project manager at Kennedy Space Center, stood at the edge of the Cape’s famous Skid Strip. Measuring 45 m wide by more than 3,000 m long, the runway was built in the 1950s to permit landing of the U.S. Air Force Snark cruise missile. The Snark employed a simple three-point skid-type landing gear so the missile could be reused for program development. Today, 14 March 1971, the Skid Strip would receive a C-130 Hercules with a very special cargo: LRV-1. Scholz spotted the C-130 about the same time he heard the distinctive sound of the plane’s four Allison turboprop engines. The plane made a smooth landing and soon came to a stop. The LRV had been shipped bolted to its shipping fixture; together they were offloaded onto a truck and taken to the Operations and Checkout Building. For the next six weeks, the rover would undergo an extensive series of inspections and performance checks. Acceptance took place at Boeing in Washington State; Checkout and Test would be conducted at KSC.
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