LLRV - Take Off and Flight
This 40-second video taken in the mid-1960s shows a test pilot at NASA’s
Flight Research Center performing a test flight of the Lunar Landing
Research Vehicle over California’s Mojave Desert.
The LLRVs, humorously referred to as “flying bedsteads,” were created by a predecessor of NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center to study and analyze piloting techniques needed to fly and land the tiny Apollo Lunar Module in the moon’s airless environment. (Dryden was known as NASA’s Flight Research Center from 1959 to 1976.)
Success of the LLRVs led to the building of three Lunar Landing Training Vehicles (LLTVs) used by Apollo astronauts at the Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston, TX, predecessor of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, first human to step onto the moon’s surface, —said the mission would not have been successful without the type of simulation that resulted from the LLRVs and LLTVs.