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The Apollo 1 Crew

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.
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.
Roger Chaffee - Spacecraft Films-produced tribute to Apollo 1's Pilot. Footage includes mission training and survival training.
The First Apollo
Visit to North American - Footage from a prime crew visit to North American Aviation to check out their spacecraft. Audio from press conference announcing Apollo 1 crew. (25:15)
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 suitup. Audio from Apollo 1 simulation run and commentary by Spacecraft Films' producer Mark Gray.
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 - At pad 34, photo opportunity for the press with the crew with the pad 34 structures in the background. Audio commentary by Mark Gray. (6:00)
Emergency Egress - Walkthrough of emergency egress procedures. Audio clip from Gus Grissom talking about flight. (1:05)
The Accident - Spacecraft Films-produced timeline of the events during the accident, including comm from 30 minutes prior to the accident leading up to the accident.
Review Board
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)
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)
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.
Memorial
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.
Chaffee Funeral - January 31, 1967 Arlington National Cemetery.
White Funeral - January 31, 1967 West Point Cemetery.
Bonus Materials
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)
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.
Images and footage courtesy NASA and the National Archives. Film to tape transfers by Bono Film and Video, Arlington, VA.

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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.
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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!
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A fitting tribute
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.
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Supplemental incidental material on the Apollo 204 ('Apollo 1')
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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(Unknown) 8/25/2008 2:49 AM
Did anyone cry during the funeral scenes? I did! This is one of my most prized possessions as Gus Grissom is my hero! I love this DVD!!! The scene I liked the most was the Gus Grissom funeral scene becuase he is my hero, and he was being laid to rest. Plus, the other Mercury 7 astronauts were there in full uniform. I still admire them greatly. It moved me seeing Wally Schirra right on the edge of crying his eyes out, seesing the sad faces of Glenn, Copper, Slayton, and Shepard- especially! I wish I were there at that time. I thank God that there is moving footage about Gus' funeral because it is healing to me. A year ago, I pout flowers on grissom's grave.
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