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    "First repair in space to an aircraft"

    Skylab I (SL-2) FAA "Castellated Nut" Presentation Award to Crew for First Repair in Space Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Pilot Paul Weitz, Signed and Certified, with Handwritten LOA. A 0.875" diameter bolt with a six-slotted hexagonal castellated nut and locking cotter pin diagonally protruding from a 3" square x 2.5" tall wooden block on a 4" square base, overall height is 5.75". Certified on the bottom in black felt tip: "From my personal/ collection-/ Paul Weitz". The attached engraved plaque reads:

    Paul J. Weitz
    For The
    First Repair In Space
    To An Aircraft
    Federal Aviation
    Flight Standards Service
    Maintenance Division
    Washington D. C.

    The Skylab I crew had to make major repairs to the launch-damaged Skylab Space Station before it could be safely inhabited long term. This was the first such situation and was thus commemorated by the FAA. A very cool, interesting, and visually-appealing display item for your desktop or shelf. One of only three awarded. Excellent.

    Included with this lot is a handwritten and signed Letter of Authenticity from Weitz on his letterhead stating, in full: "This 'Castellated Nut' award was presented to the Skylab I crew - Pete Conrad, Joe Kerwin and myself - in recognition of the work that was done during our mission to save Skylab. We received the award in an informal ceremony at Federal Aviation Administration headquarters during a post flight visit to Washington, D.C. This unique trophy has been in my possession ever since."

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2016
    11th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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