About this collection

Johny B. Russell Photograph Collection consists of images of photographic prints, negatives and contact sheets of the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) designed and built by Boeing Company for the United States Apollo 15 mission to the moon in 1971. The collection contains images of the assembly, testing, packaging, shipping and promotional photographs of the lunar rover prior to its delivery to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Biographical Information:
Johny B. Russell was a research scientist that assisted in the development of the Saturn V Launch Vehicle, Lunar Roving Vehicle and B-1 Lancer Bomber. He was born at Isley, Hopkins County, Kentucky on December 4, 1924. His family relocated to Murray, Kentucky before he entered high school. He graduated from the Murray Training School in 1942 and the following year enlisted in the United Army Air Corps. After the war, Russell attended Murray State College (presently Murray State University) where he received an undergraduate degree in physics and mathematics in 1948. Two years later he received his Masters of Arts degree in education from Murray State. He was recruited by the Union Carbide Atomic Plant in Paducah in 1951 as an engineer. In 1959, he invented and patented the Electrical Load Anticipator and Recorder. In 1961, he accepted a position at the Bourne Instrument Design Company in Riverside, California to design computer systems for the United States Navy. By the mid-1960s Russell was employed by the Boeing Company as a computer systems developer, a position he held until his retirement. He returned to Murray in 2006 and died on October 10, 2010.

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