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Routinely installed on the Navy SH-3D helicopters used to recover Apollo astronauts following splashdown, the BL-2330 series hoist was employed in the recovery of every astronaut of the Apollo program. This particular hoist was installed in the resue helcopter used for the recovery of Apollo 8 astronuts in December 1968.The Breeze Corporation donated this winch to the Smithsonian in 1970.

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  • Title: Winch (Hoist), Apollo 8 Helicopter Recovery
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 27.9 × 25.4 × 43.2cm, 17.2kg (11 in. × 10 in. × 1 ft. 5 in., 38lb.)
  • External Link: https://airandspace.si.edu/collection/id/nasm_A19710039000
  • Medium: Body: aluminum; exposed elements (level-wind screw, the cable guide, etc.): Stainless Steel; metal foil; paint

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