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    Spacecraft ID plate from Apollo 12's CM Yankee Clipper

    Apollo 12 Flown Command Module Spacecraft Identification Plate Display Directly from the Family Collection of Mission Command Module Pilot Richard Gordon, with Signed Certificate of Authenticity. A brass plate, 3.25" x 1.75" in size, mounted to a 10" x 5" x 0.75" marble desk set. The brass plate is engraved as follows:

    APOLLO XII
    SPACECRAFT -108
    PART NO. V36-000002-21
    CDR. CHARLES CONRAD USN
    CDR. RICHARD F. GORDON Jr. USN
    CDR. ALAN L BEAN USN
    LAUNCH DATE 11-14-69

    Note that this was an all-Navy crew, thus the Command Module nickname of "Yankee Clipper."

    When Rockwell manufactured the Apollo spacecraft, they attached to the interior structure three identical brass identification plates signifying spacecraft number and other key manufacturing information. Upon completion of the mission, it was a tradition for Rockwell to remove these plates during their post-flight inspection of the spacecraft, add the launch date, and present them to the astronaut crewmembers as part of a special-made desk set. This is the flown Rockwell ID plate removed from the Apollo 12 Command Module Yankee Clipper (Spacecraft #8) and presented to Command Module Pilot Richard Gordon. The Sheaffer fountain pen and the matching ballpoint pen are missing (could be replaced) but the holders are sturdy. Light wear to the plate, very fine overall.

    Included with this lot is a signed LOA from Gordon that reads, in part: "This is an Identification Plate removed from the Apollo XII Command Module, Spacecraft 108, part number V-36-00002-21..."


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    May, 2019
    9th-11th Thursday-Saturday
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