An original Apollo 1 flight crew emblem.Apollo 1: Original Crew Mission Insignia Patch and Color Photo Directly from the Personal Collection of Ed White II. A real rarity from the Senior Pilot for the first planned mission of the three-man Apollo Program. Their flight was scheduled for a February 21, 1967, liftoff, but tragedy struck on January 27 when all three crewmembers perished in an onboard fire during a pre-launch test. This is one of the first 3.5" embroidered crew patches produced, part of a group that had been given to White. It is accompanied by a previously-sealed plastic bag and an original 4" x 2.5" cleaning tag dated September 19, 1966, stating that there were "15" of these "Apollo Flight Crew Emblem[s]" cleaned per "David Clark Co. Spec. HM 159" with an "Aug, 1966" date of manufacture. Air Force Inspector and D.C.Q.C. stamps are present. The insignia had been designed by the crew and it pictures the Command/Service Module orbiting the earth above the Florida launch point with the moon (the eventual target of the program) in the distance. Extremely fine condition.
Included in this lot is a 10" x 8" color Apollo 1 crew photo, also from White's personal collection, with a red-letter "NASA/ S-66-30236" number. It pictures White, Grissom, and Chaffee in their flight suits seated at a table on which is a model of the original design of the C/SM. After the tragic accident, NASA spent twenty months on a redesign to correct the fatal flaws in the design and construction. Photo is in excellent condition. Additionally, included is a 27mm Apollo 1 memorial medal by "Giampaoli" in a custom jewelry case from the White family collection, excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a signed certificate of authenticity from Ed White III.
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