Apollo 7 Flown American Flag Originally from the Personal ...
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Apollo 7 Flown American Flag Originally from the Personal
Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Walt Cunningham, Certified
and Signed, with Signed LOA. This 6" x 4" cloth U.S. flag flew
along with crewmembers Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, and Walt
Cunningham on this eleven-day mission, October 11-22, 1968, the
first three-man crew in U.S. space history. He has signed in black
ink on the lowest white stripe: "Carried with me on Apollo 7.
Walt Cunningham". Launched atop a Saturn 1B rocket
(another first), Apollo 7 was the shakedown cruise to test the
newly redesigned Apollo command module. The success of this
mission, after the tragic Apollo 1 launch pad fire, was encouraging
to NASA and led to the launch of Apollo 8 to the moon just two
months later. It is mounted to a 10" x 12" custom certificate with
a recovery ship crew photo. Excellent.
Ex. Walt Cunningham
Included with this lot is a signed Certificate of Authenticity from Cunningham on his personal letterhead reading: "This four by six inch American flag accompanied me on the 4,500,000 mile flight of Apollo 7, the first manned mission of the Apollo Program to land a man on the Moon, October 11-22, 1968. This flag has been solely in my possession since that time. I flew the mission for space exploration, for my country, and for the personal accomplishment. The American flag was among the most meaningful items I carried with me onboard our spacecraft. It symbolized the ambition, effort, self-sacrifice, and pride we felt as we raced to the Moon. It is a reminder of the 'golden age of manned spaceflight,' when man first left our home planet to land on another body in the universe, the single most memorable accomplishment of the twentieth century. Apollo 7 is still the longest, most ambitious and most successful first manned test of any new flying machine."
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