J i m   L e w i s

 

 

Jim Lewis

USMC Pilot, call sign "Hunt Club 1"

Liberty Bell 7 Attempted Recovery

 

 

 Mercury (MR-4) Prime Recovery Team, Helicopter Pilot (Hunt Club 1).  These awesome images
 document the ill fated struggle of USMC Pilot Jim Lewis to recover Liberty Bell 7 on 7/21/61.  Grissom
can be clearly seen in the first two images as he treads water waiting to be rescued.  







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photos measure 8x10 unless specified otherwise

 

Jim Lewis Liberty Bell 7 autographed

"A very heavy LB7" as Hunt Club 1 struggles to keep LB7 aloft.  Awesome inscription!  Recovery carrier USS Randolph is noted by Lewis as you can see in the scan.  Very nice!

 


#Lewis 01
$30

 

 

Jim Lewis, Hunt Club 1 autographed

"Wheels Dripping" shows Lewis struggling to maintain a grip on Liberty Bell despite the weight causing overload and a warning light signaling potential catastrophic engine failure. Lewis hand signs and inscribes in black sharpie. Measures 8x10.

#Lewis 02
$30

 

 

Jim Lewis Liberty Bell 7 recovery autographed
 

 

 

 


"We Commend LB 7 To The Deep" captures the moment Hunt Club 1 Pilot Jim Lewis was forced to release the cable holding Liberty Bell 7.  It was hopeless at that point and Lewis put up his best fight but the cockpit engine warning indicator and the weight of the flooded capsule created a situation putting his helo at real risk of engine failure. 

 

It may be difficult to see in the scan but this photo shows the actual moment the cable is released allowing LB-7 to sink to the ocean floor where it would remain until Curt Newport discovered and raised it many years later.  The lengthly inscription on this image is awesome and Lewis adds his call sign, "Hunt Club 1"  Signed in black sharpie.  Measures 8x10. 

 

 

#Lewis 03
$35 (temporarily sold out)

 

 

Jim Lewis Liberty Bell 7 recovery autographed

 

"Water Landing" shows the amazing effort put forth by Jim Lewis to save Liberty Bell 7 from sinking.  His wheels were actually in the water as the flooded spacecraft dragged his helo down with it, ultimately prompting him to release the cable.  An amazing inscription and signature by Jim Lewis as you can see in the scan.  Measures 8x10.

 

 

#Lewis 05
$30

 

Jim Lewis, Hunt Club 1 autographed

"Sick Bird" shows Hunt Club's co-pilot attempting to latch on to LB7 in it's final moments above the surface as it takes on water at an overhwelming rate.  Lewis's long quote is referring to the need to abandon the effort as the engine warning lights of their helo are indicating potential engine failure.  Beautifully hand signed in gold paint pen.  Measures 8x10. 

 

 

#Lewis 04
$35

 

 

Jim Lewis Liberty Bell 7 autographed

"Hunt Club 1 Flyby" shows the scene as Recovery Pilot Jim Lewis completes his initial flyby while Gus is completing his post landing checklist.  This was taken just before the hatch blew, flooding LB-7.  Beautifullly hand signed and inscribed by Jim Lewis who adds his call sign, "Pilot, Hunt Club 1".  Measures 8x10. 

 

 

#Lewis 06
$30

 

 

 

 

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