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Apollo CM/LM docking assemblies.

The LEM was designed to act as a passive target when docking with the CSM. Once the probe has ‘hooked’ on to the drogue of the LM, the probe retracts, this establishes what is known as a hard-dock. The crew checks that all 12 of the latches in the docking ring are secured to ensure the integrity of the seal. The forward crew transfer hatch allows for the gradual equalization of pressure between the CM and LM. Finally, when equalization is complete, hatch, probe, and drogue are removed and stowed, then crew opens LM’s upper hatch.


Used primarily as an armed recce plane for long-range artillery and naval guns, the Bronco was also employed for low-level photography.
There were deployed over 17 Broncos in two Marine Squadrons from Camp Pendleton and MCAS New River.
The OV-10 Bronco was also useful escorting helicopters into enemy territory due to its low speed.
It was used too as an observation airplane for the A-10s.

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South Vietnam, December, 1968: A look inside the cockpit of an OV-10 Bronco aircraft from Marine Observation Squadron 2 as it flies over the An Hoa Basin, about 15 miles southeast of Da Nang, during Operation Taylor Common 2.