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    North American Rockwell's 1972 Technical Proposal for the Space Shuttle Program, Volume III, Plus a Superb Collection of Shuttle Memorabilia including an STS-1 Flown Flag, STS-1 Crew-Signed Photo, and Period Photos and Internal Documents. Obtained originally from a former Rockwell insider, this is a treasure trove of early Shuttle history. Includes, as follows.

    Proposal: What a prize this is. A 3" thick binder titled: "Proposal for/ Space Shuttle Program volume III/ SD 72-SH-50-3/ Technical Proposal/ Space Division/ North American Rockwell". The Foreword explains that "This volume is part of the proposal submitted by North American Rockwell Corporation to accomplish the objectives of the Development and Production Phase of the Space Shuttle Program. The proposal has been prepared by the Space Division, Downey, California, and is submitted to the National Aero­nautics and Space Administration, Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston, Texas, in response to Request for Proposal No. 9-BC421-67-2-40P, dated 17 March 1972, plus amendments." It was Jul 26,. 1972, that the Shuttle contract was awarded to Rockwell. This binder contains hundreds of pages of technical data, images, pull-out charts, etc. One of the earliest Shuttle documents of this importance ever offered. Some wear and toning, fine.
    Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-1): A 5.75" x 4.125" flown American flag on an 8.5" x 11" certificate presented to Mel Duncan with facsimile signatures of Christopher Cross, Young, and Crippen, glue bleedthrough on flag otherwise very fine; an 8" x 10" color photo of STS-1 pre-launch signed in black inks: "To Darlene & Mel/ Thanks for your/ assistance during our/ visit to Rockwell on Jun 5/ Bob Crippen" and "John Young", very fine; eighteen 10" x 8" color Rockwell internal photos of Orbiter 102 (Columbia) arriving at the Vehicle Assembly Building, November 24-25, 1980, very fine; and an additional seven 8" x 10" photos, mostly of Young and Crippen at Rockwell, also very fine.
    Signed Color Photos: A 10" x 8" NASA litho print of three African-American astronauts chosen in Group Eight, signed: "Ron McNair", "To Mel/ Guion S. Bluford Jr.", and "Fred Gregory", fine; and a candid 10" x 8" photo signed: "Best wished to Mel-/ Richard Truly" and "Joe Engle", very good.
    Rockwell Shuttle Memorabilia: A very neat "Space Shuttle Calendar", a 7.5" x 5.5" magnetic card on easel with three small shuttle models used to show the day, month, and year, well-worn but the first we've encountered; a deck of Shuttle playing cards in box; a Super 8mm movie, "A Spaceship Landed on Earth," six minutes, in box; and three Shuttle/I.S.S. pins in bags that apparently light up when batteries are inserted.
    Rockwell Internal: Approximately twenty 10" x 8" color photos, many captioned, mostly of Orbiters 101 and 102; nine issues of Rockwell News, April 1981 with the headline "Space Shuttle Columbia is a winner!"; an unopened April 1983 packet, likely a press kit; and two ad mockups regarding STS-1.

    A super group of historical data on the early Shuttle program. At least fine unless noted.


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