Flying Bedsteads

Lunar Landing Research Vehicles (LLRV)

These strange looking contraptions were Lunar Module (LM) trainers. All the LM pilots practiced in these things. Four versions were made. They handled in a similar fashion as a real landing on the moon. Each pilot flew in these dozens of times. But on one particular day, a few months before the Apollo 11 flight, Neil Armstrong flew an LLRV and a thruster on one side got stuck on. The craft tilted over and Neil ejected just in time and parachuted down. The Flying Bedstead as it was known, turned over and crashed. Neil's timing of the ejection was perfect and he was cool about the whole incident after. It was this accident that almost certainly decided that he was going to be on the first moon landing attempt.

The hoax supporters keep bashing on about this particular accident. They say that "if a skilled pilot can't land this on Earth, how is he supposed to land one on the Moon?" They completely ignore the 344 other successful flights of the Bedsteads and always quote this one disaster. Besides, the thruster that failed didn't even exist on the real LM, so the same problem wouldn't occur on the moon anyway.



A Surviving LLRV at the Virginia Air & Space Center, Hampton, Virginia • Built in 1965, the simulator is a manned rocket-powered vehicle used to familiarize the Apollo astronauts with the handling characteristics of a lunar-landing vehicle. This particular one was controlled on wires, others had jets and was free from restraints. Photo by P. Bassett.

Lesson; To get to the truth, we have to investigate all the facts, not just a chosen few.

The LLRV below was built at the Langley Research Center as part of the Lunar Landing Research Facility (LLRF). Over 100 successful tests were made with this version.