Worn by Lovell on the Apollo 13 Recovery Ship.Apollo 13 Recovery Ship U.S.S. Iwo Jima Hat from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander James Lovell. A navy blue baseball-style cap with yellow cloth bullion on the bill and an embroidered "U.S.S. IWO JIMA ASTRONAUT LOVELL APOLLO 13" on the front. Apollo 13 suffered what could easily have been a catastrophic and fatal explosion on board the service module two days into their flight to the moon. A brave, well-trained, and well-commanded crew along with a brilliant group of scientists and engineers at Mission Control performed the actions necessary to get the mission back to Earth safely. Thus, the oft used nickname for the mission: a "successful failure."
It was a happy and thankful crew that the helicopter from the Iwo Jima picked up from the Pacific Ocean, southeast of American Samoa, on April 17, 1970. There are numerous photos of Lovell, Haise, and Swigert aboard ship wearing the hats they were given on that rescue helicopter. One such photo is included with this lot. Everyone remembers that day. Anyone can view the emotional photos taken that day. Only one person can own the cap that Mission Commander Lovell was wearing that day. This is a remarkable opportunity to own such an iconic memento of the American space program. Excellent condition.
This lot includes a signed Letter of Authenticity from Lovell on his business letterhead stating: "I hereby certify that this recovery cap is the cap that was presented to me on board the recovery helicopter when we returned from Apollo 13. Apollo 13 perilous flight took off on April 11 and returned safely on April 17, 1970. This recovery cap is from my personal collection of space artifacts and has been in my possession since the mission."
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