DescriptionAmazing Aviation Archive From 1918 to 1966 with Pilot's Log Signed by Gemini 9 Crew, Tom Stafford and Eugene Cernan. Sam Brenner joined the United States Army Air Service in the waning days of World War One. He continued flying as a stunt pilot and an officer in the National Guard. He was a canoe racer, union organizer, operator of a mercury mine in Mexico, and a soldier with the Loyalists in the Spanish Civil War. When the United States launched its space program, Sam followed every mission. When he learned that an astronaut had taken a bit of fabric from an old plane into space, Sam thought of his old cloth covered pilot's logbook from WWI. There remained two empty pages.
Brenner contacted NASA and after explaining his plan to innumerable people at the agency, he received word that Thomas Stafford and Eugene Cernan agreed to take his logbook into space aboard Gemini 9. After Gemini 9 returned to earth, Sam received a package from NASA containing his logbook. The last two pages contained the written entry, "[Date] 6/3/66 to 6/6/66 [Type of plane] Gemini IX [Type of engine] Titan II 430,000# Thrust [Type of work done] 3 days of orbital flight 46 revolutions plus 2 + 15 EVA [Duration] 72+00 [Maximum alti.] 168 Naut. Miles". It was signed "Lt. Col. Thomas P. Stafford, Command Pilot" and "LCdr. Eugene A. Cernan, Pilot". Sam's logbook was finally complete.
Included with Sam Brenner's signed logbook is another log from the 1930s, 13 early aviation photographs (many picturing Brenner), 2 boxed medals, an overseas cap with insignia, and Brenner's riding breeches.
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