Welcome James,what a surprise to see you here again!Congratulations on this decision, I'm happy and stay tuned!
Hi James,as I've mailed you already, this Extensible Pipe Boom System did exist on the Hammerhead Crane of Pad A during STS-6 mission
which is why I'll also try to scratch build this Pipe Boom because it belongs to the crane of my FSS Tower.
Do you also have technical drawings of this Pipe Boom in your treasure chest?
Wow. Just...wow. The pictures are priceless, the stories keep making me want to read more and more, and it's all a reminder not only of all the effort that went into this project, but of the human stories behind the work. Thank you for writing all of this up and sharing it with us. This is incredible.
It existed from Day One, actually. Feast your eyes on this. Enterprise, sitting on the MLP during a deluge test during the summer of 1979! Complete with an Extensible Pipe Boom Nightmare tucked ever-so-innocently away, beneath the Hammerhead Crane Boom.
And also, in exchange for such a wondrous gift as I have just bestowed upon you, could you possibly, by some means, find a way to quit coloring snippets of your text blue? On my end of things, blue text is the sign of a hyperlink that needs clicking to see the thing it links to, and I'm constantly clicking your blue text only to find it does nothing and hyperlinks nowhere, and I am saddened each and every time I fall for it again. Red maybe? Or, better still, no color at all maybe? As an extra special favor to an extra special friend? But even if you cannot bring yourself to do so it will be ok and I'll still be your extra special friend.
The first image shows us the Rotating Service Structure and the Fixed Service Structure on top of the Pad Deck at Launch Complex 39-B, viewed from directly across the Flame Trench at a time when the initial phase of the construction effort of creating the towers was nearly complete, but well before the Pad became Operational. Much is already in place, but there is much more which wound up being added to the two main towers. This image is densely-labeled, identifying much which is shown, but without any explanations for what those labels actually mean. Some of it is pretty straightforward, but a lot of it is more or less opaque, and requires further reading, which is not provided on Page 1, to gain detailed understanding of it.The second image looks back and down toward the Rotating Service Structure and the Fixed Service Structure at Launch Complex 39-B, as seen from above, at the tip end of the Hammerhead Crane, which is visible in the first image, extending outward toward the photographer, 250 feet above the Pad Deck. It too is densely-labeled, and in similar fashion as the first image, those labels are not further explained on the page, and a full description of things is spread throughout the pages which follow, instead.
is this the original page 4 you showed back in 2021 or is this a newly revised page with new links to details from the RSS drawing set?
Also the linked article MECHANICAL FEATURES OF THE SHUTTLE ROTATING SERVICE STRUCTURE by John M. Crump is very helpful for briefly understanding the individual RSS structures and equipment.
On your (new?) site I find a lot of things in much more detail that I studied during my diorama analyzes and now can understand better what I asked you about back then.