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    Rare flown Skylab ID plate

    Skylab I (SL-2) Flown Command Module Spacecraft Identification Plate Display Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Pilot Paul Weitz, Signed and Certified, with Handwritten LOA. A 3.25" x 1.75" brass plate engraved as follows.

    SPACECRAFT NO. 116
    PART NO. V36-000002-221
    CAPT. C CONRAD USN
    DR. J. P. KERWIN USN
    CDR. P. J. WEITZ USN
    LAUNCH DATE: FRIDAY 5-25-73
    SPLASHDOWN: FRIDAY 6-22-73


    The plate is mounted to a 7" x 5" x 0.625" walnut plaque, certified on the back in white ink: "This Command Module/ ID plate was flown on/ Skylab I/ Paul Weitz/ Pilot, Skylab I". This was one of the three ID plates flown on the first, critically-important mission to the Skylab Space Station. The station had been damaged during its May 14 launch and this crew had to make repairs soon upon arrival. The command module (and this ID plate) spent four weeks in space, orbiting the earth 404 times and traveling ten million nautical miles. Extremely rare and desirable. Excellent.

    Included with this lot is a handwritten and signed Letter of Authenticity from Weitz on his letterhead stating, in full: "I hereby certify that this spacecraft identification plate was flown in our Command Module during the Skylab I mission May 25 - June 22, 1973. It was the practice of the Rockwell Corporation to have additional copies of these plates flown on the Apollo-era missions. They were subsequently presented to the crewmembers at the Company post-flight ceremony. This manufacturer's identification plate is from my personal collection of artifacts from the mission, and has been in my possession ever since."


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    November, 2016
    11th Friday
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