America's first three man missionApollo 7 Flown American Flag Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Walt Cunningham, with Signed LOA. This 6" x 4" cloth U.S. flag flew along with crewmembers Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, and Walt Cunningham on this eleven-day mission, October 11-22, 1968, the first three-man crew in U.S. space history. Launched atop a Saturn 1B rocket (another first), Apollo 7 was the shakedown cruise to test the newly redesigned Apollo command module. The success of this mission, after the tragic Apollo 1 launch pad fire, was encouraging to NASA and led to the launch of Apollo 8 to the moon just two months later. It is mounted to a 10" x 12" custom certificate with a recovery ship crew photo. Excellent.
Included with this lot is a Certificate of Authenticity from Cunningham on his personal letterhead reading, in part: "This four by six inch American flag accompanied me on the 4.5 million mile flight of Apollo 7... It has been continuously in my possession since that time..." He has signed boldly at close in blue felt tip: "Walt Cunningham/ Apollo 7" and there is a Beta Apollo 7 mission insignia attached.
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