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Every frame of this 16mm film is historic! You really want to know where some of those Billions spent on Apollo went? Well here it is! A seldom seen look at the Kennedy Space Center under construction, with the gargantuan machines, 7 foot thick roads, hundreds of specialized buildings and mammoth Thunderbirds constructions that became the world's first fully functional Space Port. Brought to you by NASA in stunning Technicolor! Enjoy!
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17 thoughts on “Building launch complex 39a, kennedy space center 1964”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars JimCrowJoe says:

    No doubt that America is the greatest country in the world……..unfortunately now a-days we have people running the country that are destroying it…so sad 😞

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Brown says:

    Thanks so much Fran for getting this out, growing up 40 miles from PAD 39A, 
    this is close to my heart, when I was 16 I went on the tour and was able to get within 100 yards of the pad, maybe even closer….
    it was right before Apollo 11……..we even went into the VAB…..that place is HUGE…..
    best regrards from Orlando, Paul

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars King ForADay says:

    Never realized the VAB could hold 4 Saturn 5's!!!! Dang that would have been something to see! Like out of a scifi movie!

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars antebellum45 says:

    Great film. It must have been so cool to be there when it was built; and to work there during the mid / late sixties!!!
    Would love to see footage of the control room circuitry installation.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alan Canon says:

    "Thunderbirds", indeed! Imagine being the jerk who parks one of the Mobile Servicing Structures in the Mobile Servicing Structure Parking Area in such a way that the parked Mobile Servicing Structure takes up two spaces. Mobile Servicing Structure.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars tunawithmayo says:

    This is amazing. Back in the 1990's I worked at Owen Steel in Columbia, SC, and in their downtown offices before they relocated they had pictures up inside the office of several of the launch pads that they had help fabricate steel for. A reminder that a project of this scale (the moon landing) involved people all over the country, some doing really advanced scientific activities, but many many others doing very mundane things like driving bulldozers, and cutting steel with band saws.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars CARL iCON says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I got to tour the KSC in '76 for the bicentennial, total awesomeness, but this is really interesting seeing it being built 12 years before that. In '76, the American flag painted on the VAB was the largest in the world.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kathy Westmoreland says:

    Thanks for sharing! My 90 year old dad was one of the crane operators who worked on the VAB. He even worked on the shuttle runway. We took it for granted growing up in the shadow of NASA.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars EinChris75 says:

    Several years ago I was at the launch control center during a tourist trip.
    I still cannot believe I was there, within that historic building.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alan Grant says:

    You left those last few seconds of no longer public domain music in there on purpose. I wonder if Elon has seen this. I wonder how he feels when he sees this.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Nelson says:

    Very nice Fran. Seeing how close all of this is to the ocean makes me wonder how hurricanes or rising tides are/will be handled.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars alpcns says:

    What a magnificent program, projects, science, engineering… And what a magnificent time. I'd crawl back to that time on my bare knees if I could.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eric Black says:

    These videos are awesome. Keep them coming. Nix the naysayers. These are bits of history and need to be preserved and shared.
    I lived in Florida in the early 90's and had the opportunity to see a few shuttle launches from the Kennedy Space Center.
    The whole complex is impressive beyond basic comprehension. To see clouds forming in the assembly building was incredible.
    If you ever make it down to Cape Canaveral, check it out.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Franklin says:

    I’ve been to KSC but I would have so enjoyed a tour of it while it was under construction, true space pioneering!

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ryan Wilhelm says:

    Gosh, I spent so much time on and around the pad (and VAB), just crazy to see these things before they were really things. Thank you!

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars baronet68 says:

    The current Civil Air Patrol cadet squadron at McChord AFB in Washington was chartered in 1973, between NASA's last Moon mission (Apollo 17) and the first Skylab mission. The McChord CAP Squadron's original charter number of "46039" (today known as "PCR-WA-039") was specifically requested as an allusion to Launch Complex 39. Today, Civil Air Patrol cadets continue being 'launched' forward into adulthood from McChord's 'Launchpad 39'. I'll be sure to show this awesome film to the cadets!

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steve Storz says:

    Fantastic! (Frantastic too!). Thank you for posting this video. So amazing at that time, to be reaching that far with so many unknowns. I am always fascinated by the industry of such projects-this is a real treat!

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