I randomly stumbled across this old Gemini 3 mission transcript online. On the last page, after splash-down, the crew begins corresponding with "Big Box 15" and "Big Box 14" — I'm assuming these are probably references to naval ships, such as the Intrepid, which ultimately retrieved the capsule and crew.

Is that correct — does "Big Box" refer to the recovery vehicles? What's the origin of the name?


The key letters "RA" adjacent to the lines make it clear that these are two recovery aircraft.

The transcript is also shown here.

I do not know the origin of the name, but I assume the aircraft are the helicopters that came from the carrier USS Intrepid.

picture of helicopter during a recovery mission

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