As most are aware, December 2012 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 17 Mission. In this regard, I am please to draw your attention to an article by William Mellberg that describes his eyewitness impressions surrounding the launch of that mission on December 7, 1972. (Video here.)
This article contains one of the best descriptions of a Saturn V launch that you will find.
From Bill Mellberg:
BTW, Dr. Schmitt opines that my article “contains one of the best descriptions of a Saturn V launch that you will find.” Of course, he’s referring to the “spectator” perspective. Dr. Schmitt’s forthcoming book about Apollo 17 will offer his memories of that night. He was sitting atop the Saturn V!
In any case, I think you’ll enjoy my account.
P.S. Needless to say, I was both pleased and honored that Harrison Schmitt (“Jack” to his friends) invited me to write this article, excerpts of which will also appear in his book. Little did I imagine 40 years ago as a college student …