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Ex. Walt Cunningham
Apollo 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. Cunningham has signed on the lowest white stripe:
"Carried with me on Apollo 7 Walt Cunningham".
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 at close in black ink: "Walt Cunningham".
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