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Old 05-11-2021, 12:37 PM   #1
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1979 Argosy RV 1 of 12 NASA edition

Hello! I am looking at purchasing a 1979 Argosy class A RV from my friend. I am told that it was produced for NASA during the Apollo mission, and that it is 1 of 12, and I am wondering if there is a way to verify this. I can't find anything online. After NASA, the observatory in Mendocino acquired it. Is there anyone in the community here who can assist me with verification? Also, how do I determine the value? It is currently completely gutted. Just one drivers seat, and plywood floor. Contains the original Onen generator and two a/c units on the roof.



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VIN #: B28R9V3337
Engine: 454 GMC V8
Mileage: 31,000 miles


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Old 05-11-2021, 12:46 PM   #2
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Here is a link to a photo


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Old 05-11-2021, 01:55 PM   #3
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I would be very skeptical.....

1) By 1979 the motorhomes were Airstream not Argosy (even if painted)

2) NASA used 24ft Excella
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Old 05-12-2021, 07:57 AM   #4
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Every NASA rig that I ever saw was silver. I would be surprised if Airstream would have delivered a painted Argosy to NASA. Silver is/was Airstreams trademark that is very identifiable.
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Old 05-12-2021, 08:23 AM   #5
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Here are some details:
VIN #: B28R9V3337
Engine: 454 GMC V8
Mileage: 31,000 miles

Thanks!

I should mention the VIN number is indicative of the Argosy not being originally built as a motorhome. As far as I know when built as a motorhome the VIN starts with an M.

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Old 05-12-2021, 08:29 AM   #6
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Scroll down page to see (painted) Astrovan

https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/e...ce-to-the-moon

Space shuttle era Airstream Astrovan

NASA - Catching a Ride to Destiny
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/s.../astrovan.html
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Old 05-12-2021, 08:44 AM   #7
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Scroll down page to see (painted) Astrovan

https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/e...ce-to-the-moon

Space shuttle era Airstream Astrovan

NASA - Catching a Ride to Destiny
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/s.../astrovan.html
The painted Astrovan is a painted step van not an Argosy/Airstream.
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Old 05-12-2021, 03:39 PM   #8
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Didn't the Apollo missions start in the 60's and end mid 70's?
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Old 05-12-2021, 04:41 PM   #9
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Didn't the Apollo missions start in the 60's and end mid 70's?
Well that's a good point LOL! Last mission in 1972 then a "Apollo"-Soyuz link up in 1975 then Space Shuttle program in 1980's.

Still possible NASA commissioned astronaut transport vehicles at any time though I would think.
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Well that's a good point LOL! Last mission in 1972 then a "Apollo"-Soyuz link up in 1975 then Space Shuttle program in 1980's.



Still possible NASA commissioned astronaut transport vehicles at any time though I would think.

Even if NASA did commission these, they werenít for Astronaut transport/for use as Astrovans, whose vehicles are well documented.
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