Three space-flown U.S. flags, presented to a NASA Administrator upon his retirement.Apollo 17, Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, and Skylab 1: Flown American Flags in a Display Presentation Originally from the Personal Collection of NASA Administrator James C. Fletcher. A heavy wooden display, approximately 5.75" tall with a 7.25" square top widening out to an octagonal bottom of 12.75" across. On the top is a 4" x 4" engraved plate noting the presentation to Dr. Fletcher as "An Outstanding Civil Servant" by Christopher C. Kraft Jr., Director of the Johnson Space Center. Three of the eight sides contain 5.5" x 4" U.S. silk flags flown on the following flights: Apollo 17 Command Module America, the ASTP Apollo Command Module, and Skylab I (SL-2). There is a fourth space reserved by an engraved plate for a flag flown on the first Space Shuttle mission. This flight would take place in 1981. An amazing and certainly unique space display item that was presented to Fletcher (1919-1991) when he retired from his position as head of NASA in 1977. Excellent condition except that the white stars and striped on the ASTP flag have faded to pink.
During Fletcher's six year tenure, he was responsible for beginning two major projects, the Space Shuttle and the Viking Mars landers. Also, the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the Skylab missions, and the Voyager space probes all took place during his watch. He would return to this position as NASA Administrator in 1986 soon after the disastrous Challenger accident in order to supervise the rebuilding of that program. During a two year hiatus from flight, Fletcher oversaw the redesign of the solid rocket boosters and the Shuttle craft with a new emphasis on safety. He stayed to see a successful return to Shuttle flight before retiring again in 1989.
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