Command Module Safety Lock
ex Donald "deke" Slyton Family collection
Crucial Apollo command module safety
lock, used on every mission
A "Panel 8 / Pyro Guard" red screw-in piece that is marked "V36-761785"
and "V36-761726" on the inside (measures
approximately 2" x 2")
This lock covered the escape rocket arming switches
and was the last item removed before closing the hatch for flight. This
item was used on all Apollo flights after rocket igniter installation and
This lock and key was used to protect the arming switches of the Launch
Escape Tower. This lock covered the lever lock-type PYRO ARM switches A
and B on Panel 8, to the left of the commanderís seat and safeguarded
against accidental premature arming of the pyro busses of the escape
system during tests. The escape booster was the last resort for emergency
escape for the three crewman before, during, or shortly after lift-off.
This unique item is quite possibly the only common instrument panel piece
that was actually used on every Apollo flight.
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