DescriptionApollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin Signed Apollo Earth Orbit Chart (AEO) Originally from the Personal Collection of Senator Barry Goldwater. A 41.5" x 13.5" color chart for "Apollo Mission 12/ For November 1969 Launch Dates" illustrating the orbital trajectory of the Apollo 12 spacecraft before its journey to the moon. It is boldly signed at lower right in black felt tip: "Neil Armstrong/ Apollo 11" and "Buzz Aldrin". This was obtained in person by Senator Barry Goldwater after the Apollo 11 mission. It's likely that no Apollo 11 item was available and this Apollo 12 chart was at hand. A great item from a legendary American pilot and politician. Consigned by a family member. Mounted to foam core, ready to frame and display. Fine.
Barry Goldwater was no stranger to aviation and the Space program. At a young age, he got interested in aviation, took lessons, and first soloed in 1930. At the outset of World War II, he received a reserve commission in the U.S. Army Air Forces and, soon after Pearl Harbor, oversaw the construction of a flying school at Yuma, Arizona, where he earned his flight wings. Goldwater flew vital supplies to and from U.S. Military installations in war zones worldwide. After the war, he was a leading proponent of the creation of the U.S. Air Force Academy. As a colonel, he founded the Arizona Air National Guard which he desegregated two years before the rest of the military. He stayed in the Air Force Reserve, eventually retiring in 1967 as a Command Pilot with the rank of major general. At retirement, he had flown 165 different types of aircraft.
Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1952, he co-sponsored legislation creating the Federal Aviation Administration. As a longtime member of the Aeronautical and Space Sciences Committee, Barry Goldwater was a strong proponent of the U.S. Space program, supporting NASA research programs and the establishment of a National Air and Space Museum. He attended the Apollo 11 launch and when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon, he said: "An age is beginning when man will move toward the planets and perhaps even reach the stars."
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