Weatherford in Custer County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
Apollo Command Module
Originally named for the thick boilerplate steel used to construct early units, boilerplates were built to simulate the same size, shape, structure, mass and center of gravity of the actual spacecraft they represented.
Often heavily instrumented, these craft were used for many types of evaluations, including water impact tests, verifying parachute systems, perfecting flotation collars, and water uprighting bags. Boilerplates were also extensively used for training recovery crews, and to develop procedures on how to remove astronauts from their spacecraft after splashdown.
This specific Apollo boilerplate was used for landing and naval recovery training, and to test the development of flotation devices used to stabilize the Apollo after splashdown.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space.
Location. 35° 32.655′ N, 98° 40.226′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3000 Logan Rd, Weatherford OK 73096, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fairchild-Republic A-10 "Thunderbolt II" (a few steps from this marker); Lockheed F-104C "Starfighter" (a few steps from this marker); Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford (within shouting distance of this marker); Lockheed T-33 "Shooting Star" (within shouting distance of this marker); McDonnell-Douglas F-4C Phantom II (approx. half a mile away); Provine/Hamons' Station (approx. 4.6 miles away); The Baldwin Bridge (approx. 5.2 miles away); Hydro Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weatherford.
Also see . . . Stafford Air & Space Museum. Official website (Submitted on June 19, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 19, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 19, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.