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Armstrong-signed Apollo 11 Flight PlanApollo 11: NASA "Final Apollo 11 Flight Plan AS-506 / CSM-107 / LM-5" July 1, 1969-dated Book Signed by Neil Armstrong to Los Angeles Times Aerospace Editor Marvin Miles, with Crew-Signed Lunar Surface Color Photo, in Framed Display. The ever-important complete Flight Plan for man's first lunar landing mission, 8" x 10.5", signed neatly in 1974 (see below) on the front cover in black ink: "Best Wishes/ to Marvin Miles--/ Top Aerospace Writer/ & Fellow Aerospace Enthusiast/ Neil Armstrong/ Apollo 11". This book is shadow-box matted with a 7" x 7" (sight size) color photo of Buzz Aldrin on the moon setting up an experiment with the Lunar Module Eagle visible in the background. That photo is signed in black ink: "Neil Armstrong", "Buzz Aldrin", and "M Collins" with fairly good contrast. These two amazing pieces are framed together to an overall 20" x 15" x 1.75" deep. An incredible one-of-a-kind display piece worthy of the finest collections. A few minor scratches on the frame, overall very fine.
In 2014, Heritage Auctions sold a 1974-dated Neil Armstrong Typed Letter Signed that was originally sent with this signed Flight Plan. It read, in full: "Dear Marvin: It is a pleasure for me to hear from you and return the Flight Plan cover with signature. It appears that aviation is alive and reasonably well out your way; at least well enough to keep you busy. Sorry we missed each other recently, but I certainly would much rather fly the Concorde than sit around in a TV studio. Maybe next time. All the best. [signed] Neil Neil A. Armstrong Professor of Aerospace Engineering". A printed copy of that letter will be included with this lot.
Marvin Miles (d. 1994) was the aerospace editor of the Los Angeles Times who, according to the paper's obituary "...flew with Howard Hughes, was on a first-name basis with such aviation pioneers as Donald Douglas and the Lockheed brothers and was among the first reporters to witness both atomic and hydrogen bomb explosions..." "Miles began at The Times in 1935 and became aviation (later aerospace) editor in 1941. He retired in 1976, having become almost as well known in aviation circles as the people he wrote about."
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