Muchea, Western Australia
In late November 1961, a film crew (most likely from the Department of Suppy) visited Muchea at around the time of the MA-5 flight. This was the flight before John Glenns manned flight. The passenger aboard MA-5 for the two-orbit flight was Enos the Super Chimp. The flight was a critical test of the Mercury capsule and all systems.
The station was manned and configured as it would be for a manned flight. The Muchea Capcom for MA-5 was astronaut Wally Schirra. (Astronauts Cooper, Shepard and Grissom were deployed to other remote sites.)
Here are some frames taken from the NASA film
they are arranged into three sections:
Click the pictures below to go to each section
Inside the T&C building
Verlort Radar trailer
With thanks to Mark Gray and Spacecraft Films for the footage used to make these screenshots.
The footage is available on Disc 2 of the Spacecraft Films
excellent Project Mercury 6 DVD set.
I am told it is also available on the CD included with Apogee Books Friendship 7 Mission Report.
Screenshots selected, colour-corrected (with varying success) and annotated by Colin Mackellar.