FS: Shuttle Window Shade Retainer

NOTE: Only W3 currently available.

Price: US$ 170 Each

  • Window shade retainer for the forward flight deck windows of the Space Shuttle as used in the early flights.
  • Obvious signs of use. Same as the flight items but presumed to be from a trainer and not flown.
  • Consists of a hinged assembly with a web fabric pull tab, edging, and Velcro.
  • Retaining feature used Velcro hook and pile strips with adhesive backing. But adhesive has failed over time, with the Velcro strips now mated.
  • This group of retainers includes labels for the specific window. (The forward cockpit windows were numbered from left to right, W1 through W6.)
  • These items came from the Charles Bell estate. Bell was a NASA employee at the Kennedy Space Center and a lifelong collector of space artifacts.

Closeup views of the W1 retainer with details typical of all of the retainers:


STS-3 on-orbit view of window shade retainers (NASA photo):


Iconic flight deck photo of Sally Ride includes two window shade retainers (NASA photo):


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