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Neil Armstrong Early Orange Flight Suit, with Provenance Letter....

2013 April 18 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas #6095

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Auction Ended On: Apr 18, 2013
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Dallas, TX 75219

Neil Armstrong Early Orange Flight Suit, with Provenance Letter. A pair of flight coveralls tagged on the front "ARMSTRONG" and "VA-145" (a Naval attack squadron) from his days as a test pilot and Experimental Aircraft enthusiast. On the inside neck is the original tag, reading, in part: "Coveralls Flying Mens, Summer/ Specification MIL-C-539DF.../Size 44 Long". In the early 1960s, these were given by Armstrong to his close friend John Dyke, the developer of the famous Dyke Delta utility aircraft. Dyke then gave them to a friend of his who passed them down through his family. Rarely seen. Somewhat worn and soiled, but overall good condition.

Included with this lot is a signed and notarized Letter of Provenance from the current owner stating the history of this flight suit, in full: "To whom it may concern. I Nathan Hisle received the Neil Armstrong flight suit as a gift from my Grandfather Major Oscar Hisle. Major Oscar Hisle was a resident of Dayton, Ohio. In 1963 Major was building his first home built aircraft at his airplane hangar in Dayton Ohio. During this time Major's good friend, and president of the EAA club, John Dyke was building what later became the Dykes Delta the first aircraft of its kind in that era. In 1963 Neil Armstrong had yet to take his walk on the moon, but he was an experimental aircraft pilot. Neil Armstrong's Aviation background and John Dykes Delta aircraft brought these two men together for a long time friendship. Neil Armstrong gave this flight suit to John Dyke. John Dyke gave the flight suit to Major Hisle not knowing at the time that Neil Armstrong would become a "moon walker". Major Hisle kept the flight suit until 2004 when he passed it on to me (Nathan Hisle). I have had the flight suit until this point and now would like to pass it on to a collector who will appreciate it as much as I have."

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