"Special diplomatic mission by request of the President of the United States"

    Ed White II: Mementos from His 1965 Trip to Paris and His Meeting with Yuri Gagarin from His Personal Collection. Just days after their successful Gemini 4 flight, White, McDivitt, and their families were flown to Washington, D.C., so that President Johnson could award the astronauts their NASA Exceptional Service Medals. At a State Department reception that night, Johnson surprised them all by saying that he wanted White, McDivitt, and their wives to leave immediately for the Paris Air Show where Yuri Gagarin and the Soviet space program were making quite an impression internationally. The wives, who had not packed for this, literally borrowed clothes from Mrs. Johnson and her daughters. It was well after midnight when the Presidential plane took off; Humphrey was appointed to accompany them on this trip. The American delegation was the hit of the show and the Gemini 4 astronauts got to meet Yuri Gagarin. Here are five items directly relating to that trip, as follows: (1) White's carbon copy of his NASA "Overseas Travel Order" document for the "Special diplomatic mission" from "Washington, D. C. to Paris, France and return to Washington, D. C." The original had been signed "Alan Shepard" as Assistant Director for Flight Crew Operations; (2-3) Two original 10" x 8" B&W photos of Humphrey with the U.S. and U.S.S.R. space flyers as they met during the show; (4) A 5.25" x 4.25" invitation for "Lt. Colonel and Mrs. Edward White" to attend a reception during the Paris Air Show that week; and (5) A dinner menu and "Mrs. White" place card for the June 18th banquet. All items in fine or better condition. Also included in this lot is a framed Paris Match magazine cover date June 12, 1965, picturing White and McDivitt on the cover, 18.5" x 21.5" overall, fair condition.

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