DescriptionApollo 13 Flown Moçambique Safrique Embroidered Patch Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander James Lovell, Certified and Signed. A 3.125" diameter embroidered patch in gold over black picturing a stylized Nyala Antelope in the center of the design. Safrique was the largest hunting safari organization in central Mozambique during the early-1970s era, a period in which the country was in great turmoil, fighting for freedom against the Portuguese regime. Safrique ceased operations in 1974 when independence was finally won. James Lovell was a safari enthusiast and went on multiple big game hunts in this African country. Excellent condition.
Lovell has certified this patch on the verso in silver ink: "Flown on board/ Apollo 13 SC/ 11-17 Apr. 1970/ James Lovell/ CDR".
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Certification from Lovell stating: "This Mozambique Patch was flown on board the Apollo 13 Command Module Odyssey during its flight around the moon April 11-17, 1970. It was stored in the Commander's Personal Preference Kit. The patch would have remained in Odyssey had we landed on the moon."
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