Wednesday, June 21, 2017

About two years ago I had posted a photo of some NASA Space
Mission patches that had come my way one way or another. This
Space Shuttle patch was my favorite as I loved the shuttle.

Around the same time I received the patches a family member gave
this ERTL brand die-cast shuttle to me. This is the Colombia. It launched
for the first time on mission STS-1 on April 12, 1981. Unfortunately, on
February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over
Tyler Texas during reentry, killing all seven crew members:

~ Rest In Peace ~

 Rick D. Husband
William C. McCool
Michael P. Anderson
Kalpana Chawla
David M. Brown
Laurel Clark
Ilan Ramon

Here is ERTL's Colombia with it's payload bay doors open.

 This die-cast vehicle is pretty heavy. It also
has retractable landing gear.

 The main engines on the shuttles are huge
and incredible. Here they are on the ERTL.
This is a great toy or model or whatever it is.

The ERTL Co.

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