"Orion.... A Mighty Good Spacecraft ....A Great Lunar Base"Apollo 16 Lunar Module Flown Spacecraft Identification Plate Display Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander John Young, Certified and Signed. A metal plaque of 5.25" x 1.75" mounted to a 10" x 11" wooden display plaque beneath a metal die-cut representation of the lunar module and an engraved brass explanatory plate with the words:
"ORION.... A MIGHTY GOOD SPACECRAFT
....A GREAT LUNAR BASE"
Capt. J. W. Young - Lt. Col. C.M Duke Jr. - Lt. Cmdr. T.K. Mattingly
The quote is in reference to a comment Young made when the Lunar Module Orion was jettisoned, 195:12:37 into the flight: "That Orion was a mighty good spacecraft. Real beautiful flying machine and a real great lunar base, too. We'll miss her."
Engraved on the plaque from the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. is the following:
CAPT. J. W. YOUNG, LT. COL. C. M. DUKE, JR. LT. CMDR. T. K. MATTINGLY
Three of these Lunar Module 11 Identification Plates were flown to the moon on Apollo 16 and returned to Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. who then mounted each ID plate on a shield-shaped wall plaque; one was presented to each crewmember. A rare opportunity to own a real piece of history. Very fine condition with just a few nicks in the wood.
At the bottom of this wooden plaque, Young has written in silver: "Plaque Flown on Apollo XVI John Young".
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