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1-DVD of rare material on Apollo 1, from preparation through the accident inquiry

Region 0 (Worldwide) – Running time over 4.5 hours

Product Description

On January 27, 1967, less than a month before their scheduled first Apollo flight, a fire swept through the Apollo 1 command module, killing all three crew members.

This DVD contains unique material surrounding the Apollo 1 mission and accidental fire, including footage of crew training, preparation, detailed material on the accident including rare audio recordings, plus over 350 photos on the mission and over 100 photos taken in the course of the Apollo Review Board investigation. With over 4.5 hours of material, this DVD is the most comprehensive audio-visual material assembled on the tragedy of Apollo 1.


Note on the Spacecraft Communications Audio:

The production of this DVD was an emotional journey which began several years ago when I first starting researching the material we might place upon it. During this search, I discovered the complete spacecraft communications audio was not restricted. The recording was, in fact, open to the public in a research room. My initial thought was that we would not include it in this set.

Later I learned that the audio had been previously broadcast uncut on the ABC television network during their coverage of the first space shuttle mission.

As I listened to the material myself, the Apollo 1 fire was transformed from a historical event into a human tragedy with definable features. I felt a deeper understanding of the loss we suffered with Apollo 1 than I ever had before.

We have included the uncut audio in this DVD set.

We included the audio because it is part of the story of Apollo 1, and space flight is a dangerous business. The conquest of space has already cost several human lives, and will doubtless cost more. This cost in precious treasure should be faced directly, and as the mission of Spacecraft Films has been to present the history of space exploration in as real a manner as possible, I felt this record should be included. Since one cannot “look away from a sound” we have also provided an edited version of this material should you wish to refrain from hearing the very short but disturbing last transmission.

Mark Gray, Spacecraft Films


Detailed DVD Contents

The Crew of Apollo 1

APOLLO1CREWMENU

 

 

 

 

 

Short tributes to the crew members of Apollo 1.

Gus Grissom - Spacecraft Films-produced tribute to Apollo 1's Command Pilot. Features footage from Liberty Bell 7, Gemini 3 and Apollo 1. Includes rare footage of Gus getting his astronaut's wings and more. (2:47)
Gus Grissom – Spacecraft Films-produced tribute to Apollo 1’s Command Pilot. Features footage from Liberty Bell 7, Gemini 3 and Apollo 1. Includes rare footage of Gus getting his astronaut’s wings and more. (2:47)
Ed White - Spacecraft Films-produced tribute to Apollo 1's Senior Pilot. With rare footage of White at a Brooks Air Force Base appearance, material from his Gemini 4 flight, and rare footage of the receipt of his astronaut's wings. (2:23)
Ed White – Spacecraft Films-produced tribute to Apollo 1’s Senior Pilot. With rare footage of White at a Brooks Air Force Base appearance, material from his Gemini 4 flight, and rare footage of the receipt of his astronaut’s wings. (2:23)
Roger Chaffee - Spacecraft Films-produced tribute to Apollo 1's Pilot. Footage includes mission training and survival training. (2:05)
Roger Chaffee – Spacecraft Films-produced tribute to Apollo 1’s Pilot. Footage includes mission training and survival training. (2:05)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The First Apollo 

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Preparation for the first Apollo mission, leading up to, and including the accident.

North American - Footage from crew visits to North American Aviation, the contractor for the Apollo spacecraft. Audio from the first Apollo 1 press briefing with the prime and backup crews. (25:21)
North American – Footage from crew visits to North American Aviation, the contractor for the Apollo spacecraft. Audio from the first Apollo 1 press briefing with the prime and backup crews. (25:21)
Visit to Marshall Space Flight Center - Footage from a prime crew visit to Marshall. Audio continues from press conference announcing crew. (12:11)
Visit to Marshall Space Flight Center – Footage from a prime crew visit to Marshall. Audio continues from press conference announcing crew. (12:11)
Altitude Chamber - Footage from altitude chamber runs with the Apollo 1 spacecraft, including footage of suit up. Audio from Apollo 1 simulation run and commentary by Spacecraft Films' producer Mark Gray. (21:58)
Altitude Chamber – Footage from altitude chamber runs with the Apollo 1 spacecraft, including footage of suit up. Audio from Apollo 1 simulation run and commentary by Spacecraft Films’ producer Mark Gray. (21:58)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simulator - Footage from press day with the crew inside the command module simulator. Audio from debriefing at end of an Apollo 1 simulation. (13:32)
Simulator – Footage from press day with the crew inside the command module simulator. Audio from debriefing at end of an Apollo 1 simulation. (13:32)
Press Day - Footage taken from a press photo opportunity two days before the fire, on January 25, 1967. Audio commentary by Mark Gray. (5:52)
Press Day – Footage taken from a press photo opportunity two days before the fire, on January 25, 1967. Audio commentary by Mark Gray. (5:52)
Emergency Egress - The documentation on this footage says it is "emergency egress," but because an emergency egress run-through was to be performed at the end of the plugs-out test, and the fact that Deke Slayton is with the crew in this footage tends toward the possibility that this is footage from January 27. If so, this is the last motion picture footage of the crew prior to the fire. Audio from comments by Wernher von Braun and Gus Grissom. (1:18)
Emergency Egress – The documentation on this footage says it is “emergency egress,” but because an emergency egress run-through was to be performed at the end of the plugs-out test, and the fact that Deke Slayton is with the crew in this footage tends toward the possibility that this is footage from January 27. If so, this is the last motion picture footage of the crew prior to the fire. Audio from comments by Wernher von Braun and Gus Grissom. (1:18)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uncut and edited versions of the spacecraft audio, with captions and key events noted. Chapter stops at 6:05pm, 6:10, 6:15, 6:20, etc. The fire occurred at 6:31pm. Timeline picks up approximately 30 minutes prior to the fire. No footage exists of the fire, including no videotape record of the cameras monitoring the spacecraft, per the Apollo Review Board.
Uncut and edited versions of the spacecraft audio, with captions and key events noted. Chapter stops at 6:05pm, 6:10, 6:15, 6:20, etc. The fire occurred at 6:31pm. Timeline picks up approximately 30 minutes prior to the fire.
No footage exists of the fire, including no videotape record of the cameras monitoring the spacecraft, per the Apollo Review Board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review Board

REVIEWBOARD

 

 

 

 

 

Post-fire examination, disassembly of the spacecraft, and the investigation

Post Fire Inspection - Press pool footage of the spacecraft still on pad 34 after the fire. Exterior, interior and areas immediately surrounding the spacecraft. Audio from an initial meeting of the Apollo Review Board. (5:30)
Post Fire Inspection – Press pool footage of the spacecraft still on pad 34 after the fire. Exterior, interior and areas immediately surrounding the spacecraft. Audio from an initial meeting of the Apollo Review Board. (5:30)
CM Removal - Preparation and removal of the command module from pad 34, transportation to the pyrotechnic installation building at KSC. Includes footage of the removal of the launch escape tower. Audio commentary by Stephen Clemmons, member of the NAA spacecraft crew on Pad 34 during the fire. (28:50)
CM Removal – Preparation and removal of the command module from pad 34, transportation to the pyrotechnic installation building at KSC. Includes footage of the removal of the launch escape tower. Audio commentary by Stephen Clemmons, member of the NAA spacecraft crew on Pad 34 during the fire. (28:50)
SM Removal - Preparation and removal of the service module from pad 34 and transportation to the operations and checkout building at KSC. Audio from Joe Shea's comments to team a few days after fire. (12:12)
SM Removal – Preparation and removal of the service module from pad 34 and transportation to the operations and checkout building at KSC. Audio from Joe Shea’s comments to team a few days after fire. (12:12)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CM Disassembly - Footage of the disassembly of the spacecraft. Includes a look at various internal pieces removed while the CM was still on the pad (couches, etc.). Audio from ARB testimony of Jim Gleaves, on level 8, Pad 34 during fire. (38:54)
CM Disassembly – Footage of the disassembly of the spacecraft. Includes a look at various internal pieces removed while the CM was still on the pad (couches, etc.). Audio from ARB testimony of Jim Gleaves, on level 8, Pad 34 during fire. (38:54)
Block 1 Configuration - A look at the configuration of the Apollo spacecraft inside and out, from footage taken inside and outside of a spacecraft mockup and spacecraft 014. Audio from Borman team's inspection of spacecraft 1/29/67. (8:26)
Block 1 Configuration – A look at the configuration of the Apollo spacecraft inside and out, from footage taken inside and outside of a spacecraft mockup and spacecraft 014. Audio from Borman team’s inspection of spacecraft 1/29/67. (8:26)
Investigation - Sampling of footage showing some of the activities of the Apollo review board in searching for the cause of the accident. Audio from Borman team's inspection, continued.
Investigation – Sampling of footage showing some of the activities of the Apollo review board in searching for the cause of the accident. Audio from Borman team’s inspection, continued.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial

MEMORIALMENU

 

 

 

 

 

Footage from the astronaut’s memorial services

Andrews Air Force Base - Grissom and Chaffee arrive at Andrews prior to their burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Inlcudes VOA transmission on astronaut's funeral arrangements (6:11)
Andrews Air Force Base – Grissom and Chaffee arrive at Andrews prior to their burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Inlcudes VOA transmission on astronaut’s funeral arrangements (6:11)
Grissom Funeral - January 31, 1967 Arlington National Cemetery.
Grissom Funeral – January 31, 1967 Arlington National Cemetery.
Chaffee Funeral - January 31, 1967 Arlington National Cemetery.
Chaffee Funeral – January 31, 1967 Arlington National Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Funeral - January 31, 1967 West Point Cemetery.
White Funeral – January 31, 1967 West Point Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonus Materials

BONUSMENU

 

 

 

 

 

Additional material surrounding the crew, mission and accident of Apollo 1

Gus Gets His Wings - Gus Grissom and Alan Shepard are awarded their astronaut wings. (B&W) (4:41)
Gus Gets His Wings – Gus Grissom and Alan Shepard are awarded their astronaut wings. (B&W) (4:41)
Ed White At Brooks - Ed White's speech at Brooks Air Force base after his Gemini 4 flight, standing at the podium where JFK gave his last address. (22:30)
Ed White At Brooks – Ed White’s speech at Brooks Air Force base after his Gemini 4 flight, standing at the podium where JFK gave his last address. (22:30)
Photographs - Over 350 photographs surrounding the mission of Apollo 1, as compiled by J.L. Pickering, plus over 100 photos from the Apollo Review Board materials documenting the spacecraft and level 8 at pad 34.
Photographs – Over 350 photographs surrounding the mission of Apollo 1, as compiled by J.L. Pickering, plus over 100 photos from the Apollo Review Board materials documenting the spacecraft and level 8 at pad 34.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Footage courtesy NASA, The National Archives, and the U.S. Air Force.

Thanks to Benny Cheney at NASA JSC, Houston, J.L. Pickering of Retro Space Images for his always stunning collection of photographs, and to all those who provided support in making decisions regarding the presentation and production of this DVD collection. Film to tape transfers by Bono Film and Video, Arlington, VA.

This DVD ©2007 Spacecraft Films. All Rights Reserved. Produced by Mark Gray.

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Weight .3 lbs

5 reviews for Apollo 1

  1. 5 out of 5

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    Tom Austin (Toronto, ON) 11/29/2015 5:22 PM
    I bought this DVD not really expecting much. Boy was I wrong !. For years I’ve heard the block 1 Apollo CSM was a mess, but listening to the recorded transmissions just before the fire told me how much of a mess block 1 truly was. I was fascinated by the investigation, and this DVD really shows you how much effort went into saving the crew. If only NAA had put as much effort into making the capsule. If you want to learn about Apollo 1 get this DVD ! Spacecraft Films has done what nobody else has. They created a masterpiece out of a tragedy that didn’t have to happen.

  2. 5 out of 5

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    Charles (USA) 10/16/2011 8:47 PM
    I recieved this just this past week, and I watched the entire dvd without stopping!!! A fitting tribute to these three brave men who gave the ulitmate sacrifice for the country and for the conquest of space. I was amazed at some of the material that I had never seen. The most emotional was the complete audio leading up to fire, and the funerals. I was too young to remember this incident, so this was a huge plus for me to see this part of our history. As horrible as the tragedy was, it re-invented NASA and without it who knows how history would have played out. A must have for anyone who is a space history buff.

  3. 5 out of 5

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    Jeff L. (North Dakota) 8/15/2011 3:44 PM
    I grew up just south of Grissom AFB, in Kokomo Indiana. “Gus” Grisson was a fixture in my mind from the time I was a little boy. I had heard of his accident and had always wanted to learn more about him. My sister works for Purdue University and actually lives near the old airport where Gus, and Neil, and others flew and/or learned to fly. The old stone maintenance shed is still there. He was a hard nosed, no bones about it, flyer. And I loved every minute of Apollo 1, and fully plan on getting the rest of his mission sets. Thanks Spacecraft Films for your work in keeping his, and the others’, memory alive. A good DVD to have!

  4. 5 out of 5

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    David (United Kingdom) 2/26/2011 1:01 PM
    This is the third DVD that I own made by Spacecraft Films. It is one of the most heartfelt and fitting tributes for the tragic Apollo 1 crew. You will not get more information on the preperation, training and the actual accident. The accident itself is presented admirably in which you can choose to listen to the uncut version or a cut version. If you listen to the uncut version it will probably be the first time you will hear the terrifying transmissions of Grissiom, White and Chaffee declaring a fire in the cockpit. A countdown is also included to indicate the start of the first mention of fire so you can be ready for it. I have to say that after listening to it once, I will not like to listen to it again. It lasts barely 17 seconds but you can hear the fear in their voices. Your witnessing their final moments. On Spacecraft Films’ Apollo 13 DVD, Sy Liebergot is commentating on a Mission Control film. He mentions someone who was on duty during Apollo 1 and never got the crew screams out of his head afterwards. After listening to it myself, I can understand why. However it is good that it is included in this DVD. As it says on the information pamphlet included, it is part of history and part of the Apollo 1 story. Many who purchase this DVD may be inclined to jump straight to the Accident. Don’t! Start with the crew biographies and work your way through the DVD. Everything on this DVD is valuable. The funeral scenes are truly sad and heartfelt. Apollo 1 is a tragic piece of NASA history. The DVD starts with some quotes from Grissiom himself. “If we die, we want people to accept it”. Unfortunately, he did. But it paved the way for the future success of the Apollo Program. No one should forget the contributions made by Grissom, White and Chaffee.

  5. 5 out of 5

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    Aeolus Aerospace (Sacramento, CA) 3/3/2010 5:10 PM
    This is a most impressive visual collection of data pertaining to the tragic accident that took the lives of Apollo astronauts Grisson, Chaffee, and White; it is a noteworthy archival asset to anyone interested in the history of the American space program that led to the placing of men on the moon, and contains some of the best footage I’ve personally viewed in this important subject area. Of additional interest, recorded from the viewpoint of two NASA flight surgeons (Drs. Fred Kelly and Duane Graveline), are two books written by these formerly associated NASA professionals. The first (by Dr. Kelly) is a hardcover book titled ‘America’s Astronauts and their Indestructible Spirit’ (TAB books, 1986, available through AMAZON BOOKS). It contains a full chapter on the fire, written from the singularly unique perspective of Dr. Kelly, who was the Cape blockhouse NASA flight surgeon on duty when the fire occurred, and who chaired the medical section of the subsequent accident investigation. Dr. Kelly is a dual-rated US Naval Aviator / Flight Surgeon and would have been one of the first MD astronauts, had it not been for an unfortunate ‘difference of opinion’ with Astronaut Chief Deke Slayton. The second book, a paperback titled ‘From Laika With Love’, by ex-Apollo astronaut and flight surgeon Duane Graveline, contains among its interesting material a further chapter on the Apollo 204 capsule fire (authored by Dr. Kelly). These two books are together highly recommended to supplement the excellent Spacecraft Films DVD series of space program documentation for anyone ranging from the casual armchair reader to the museum historian or curator. Together with the Spacecraft Films DVD material, there is little left to the imagination on exactly what happened and how untoward events and circumstance led to this highly avoidable disaster.

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