Project Mercury Photos
Freedom 7 II

This spacecraft was to be used for Alan Shepard's multi-day orbital flight after Faith 7. However, the flight was deemed unnecessary and so was canceled. You can read about this in the Winter 1993 issue of Quest magazine.

This set of photos was shot by David Weeks while the spacecraft was on display at the Ames Research Visitor Center.

Freedom 7 II Nose detail Nose detail Nose detail
Top of capsule Three-quarter rear view Retropack side view Rear view
Retropack Capsule window Control panel Control panel
Control panel Interior Interior

I shot this second set of photos while attending the 1998 IPMS/USA National Convention in San Jose.

Retropack right side Right rear 3/4 view Left rear 3/4 view Retropack strap
Retropack left side Left capsule side Nose left side Nose detail
Nose detail Capsule window Hatch and rear interior Right capsule side
Instrument panel Left side interior

I shot this third set in 2014 at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center, where the spacecraft is currently displayed.

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