Building the Lunar Module Replica
It has been stated that the First Flight Lunar Module is the best replica of its kind in the United States. The half-scale Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Module is nearly 13 feet tall and 12 feet wide and weighs about two tons. It includes all the spacecraft’s antennae, operational lights and attachments.
A photo of Apollo 11’s Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin are affixed to the windows and a cockpit photo is displayed at the entry door.
A production team of welding instructors, retired ironworkers, welders and die makers built the module to specifications at the Trumbull Career and Adult Training Technical Center in Lordstown, Ohio, using blueprints from the Grumman Northrup Corporation, designer and builder of the original Apollo 11 spacecraft. It is estimated that more than 3,000 man hours went into the module’s construction.
(Photo – During a 2005 visit, Neil Armstrong gave a thumbs up approval to the First Flight Lunar Module site.)