Not only were fire extinguishers included, but fire-resistant Teflon sheets and fireproof Beta-cloth were draped over wire bundles and the astronauts couches. These particular items, nonflight items, were conspicuously absent in command module 012 during the fatal plugs-out test on January 27, 1967.
We are also told by John Young in various interviews, such as his interview for the documentary In The Shadow Of The Moon, that NASA would fire him (Grissom) if he spoke up about the shoddy wiring.
Why did NASA remove the fire extinguishers from the cockpit, strip the wires of their fireproofing, and would fire anyone who brought this wiring problem to attention?"
Okay, I can now read that there were fire extinguishers available in Spacecraft 008. Would this have made a difference? NO. Why? By the time the fire was noticed, it was already well established. In the atmosphere, a fire extinguisher would have been unlikely to be able to stop the flame propagation. Additionally, any fire extinguisher except for water or foam would have produced toxic gases in the enclosed space.
What does the report say were the materials that were non-flight items or possibly relevant to flame propagation?
- Inspection of polyurethane foam and coating with silicone rubber of some items not carried out.
- Polyurethane bags placed over hose fittings for drinking water dispenser / battery instrumentation cable / connectors / transducer.
- Two polyurethane pads over couch struts in spacecraft to protect wiring during planned egress drill.
- Three packages of checklists for spacecraft checkout.
- Nylon protective sleeves placed over crew umbilical cords.
- Nylon window covers.
- Velcro hook to protect velcro pile spacecraft floor.
- 'Remove Before Flight' tags.
- Polyurethane protective covers over hand controller cables.
- Did not have Teflon protective covers on wiring.
- Additional wiring for altitude tests.
- Had inferior cabin lighting.
- Did not have noise filters on communication cables.
- Beta-cloth covering used extensively on aft bulkhead.
All sorts of things would have made a difference. 20/20 hindsight is a wonderful thing, but NOTHING indicates anything like deliberate efforts to kills the crew. Were NASA and NAA culpable? In hindsight, yes. Do NASA or NAA deny this? No.
Lastly, there is the claim that Grissom said he would be sacked if he complained about the spacecraft. Is this true? If John Young said it is true, then I believe it. yet once again, does anyone believe that Gus Grissom - or any of the crew - would have placed themselves in a position where they thought it was likely they would have been killed.
They were test pilots, used to risk... but would not take unacceptable risks. This has been stated on a number of occasions. As Frank Borman said: "Although there are sometimes romantic and silk-scarf attitudes attributed to this type of business, in the final analysis we are professionals and will accept risks but not undue risks."