Items flown on maiden Space Shuttle voyagesSpace Shuttle Discovery (STS-41-D) Flown Kansas Flag and Endeavour (STS-49) Flown Patch. Items that were flown on the first missions of these two shuttle orbiters.
(1) A 6" x 4" cloth flag of the state of Kansas mounted to a printed certificate on a 14" x 11" matboard. Text reads: "This flag is a gift to the students of Kansas from Astronaut Steve Hawley and the people of Kansas. As part of the cargo on the maiden flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery, this flag circled the earth for six days, traveling more than 2.8 million miles." It is signed in facsimile by the secretary of state. Excellent.
(2) A 3.5" x 4.125" (overall) "Orbiter Avionics" embroidered patch mounted to a 13.75" x 10.75" matboard along with two color photos and the text: "For your outstanding support of Orbiter Avionics Systems and many contributions to the success of Endeavour's maiden voyage. This patch was flown aboard STS-49, May 7-16, 1992. [signed] Dan Brandenstein". Note that this mat has been cut into two pieces eliminating the person's name to which this was originally presented. It is currently taped together on the verso. Some creative matting and framing could make it totally presentable or the patch could be removed. Otherwise excellent.
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