DescriptionSpace Shuttle Columbia (STS-3) Flown American Flag and Crew Patch in Framed Display Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander Jack Lousma, with Signed LOA. A 5.5" x 3.75" cloth U.S. flag and a 4" diameter embroidered mission insignia patch matted with a montage of color photos on a certificate bearing the text: "This flag and crew patch were flown aboard the third flight of the Space Shuttle 'Columbia' as it completed 130 revolutions of the Earth and travelled 3.4 million miles. March 22-30, 1982". It is signed beneath a crew photo: "Jack Lousma" and "Gordon Fullerton". An impressive display in a 24.25" x 20.25" frame, ready to hang. Excellent.
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Authenticity on his letterhead stating, in full: "I hereby certify this US Flag and crew patch were both flown on the STS-3 mission during March 22-30, 1982. This spaceflight was the third Orbital Flight Test of Columbia, America's first Space Shuttle. During this eight-day mission, Columbia traveled 3,400,000 miles and circled the Good Earth 130 times. STS-3 made the only Space Shuttle landing on the lakebed at White Sands, New Mexico. The montage of photographs include liftoff at Kennedy Space Center, the Canadian Remote Manipulator System with its first payload, landing at White Sands, and a personally signed crew photograph. This US Flag and crew patch are from my personal collection and have been in my sole possession since the STS-3 mission."
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