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    Colonel General Nikolai P. Kamanin Autograph Report on Gagarin Trip, Signed. Ten pages, 8" x 11", to Vershinin, the chief marshal of the Air Force, concerning Gagarin's first trip abroad to Cuba, with comments on Castro's speech, Brazil, and more.

    Kamanin was head of the Soviet space program and one of the most famous pilots of Soviet aviation history. He was the first military hero of the Soviet Union and the holder of the hero gold star #4. He also became a greatly decorated World War II hero and, because of this, was assigned command of the first Cosmonaut Corps for the Soviet Union. This report written in green ink in Russian and is entitled, "Report on Gagarins Trip to Cuba" addressed to "Commander of the Air Force Comrade K Vershinin." It reads in part:

    "I report on the trip of Yuri Gagarin to Cuba, Brazil and Canada from the 23rd of July to the 8th of August 1961. . . . We took off from Vnukovo airport. . . . Besides me, Major Gagarin is accompanied by reps . . . KGB officers . . . newspaper reporters from Pravda, Novisti. . . . We landed in Gander (Canada) and almost all the citizens of the city were there. . . . We landed in Cuba in a heavy tropical shower. . . . Fidel Castro and Dorikos (president of Cuba) meet them warmly at the airport . . . despite the rain there were huge crowds. . . . Most significant event during our visit . . . Castro spoke for 4 hours and 30 minutes . . . American monopolies are against the revolution. . . . They (Cubans) love and trust their talented leader Fidel Castro and are ready to follow him. . . . Gagarin was awarded with the highest order of the Cuban Republic. . . . During numerous meetings that Gagarin and I have with Fidel Castro, President Dortikos and other statesmen of Cuba only questions about his flight and his life were asked . . . not a single political question was asked concerning the relationship between our countries had been mentioned. . . . 28th of July we took off for Brazil . . . landed in Rio. . . . landed in San Paulo. . . . Huge crowds of people lined the streets to welcome Gagarin. . . . flew to Brasilia. . . . It is significant that even the deputies of the Congress crowded Gagarin asking him for his autograph. . . . President of Brazil Cuadros was handed a letter by Gagarin from N. Khruschev. . . . Gagarin asked Cuadros if the letter from Khruschev could be published in the papers . . . No objections, the letter must be published. . . . Gagarin was then awarded the highest Bazilian award."

    In addition to the eight numbered pages is one page handwritten on both sides by Kamanin. It includes a list of nine notes of the events with President Dorticós, Premier Fidel Castro, and other dignitaries at Gagarin's speech upon arriving in Cuba. "Fidel Castro badly wants Gagarin to attend the festivities where the battles of Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs) were fought for a mass meeting -on the 27th of July, in the morning". "Canada- main Airport-Gander". On the verso of this page: "Cyrus Eaton asked Arytunian (Canadian Ambassador) to the Pugwash Meeting... in Halifax... It is likely that the meeting will take place on Gagarin's way back." Also, a list of the nine participants of Gagarin's entourage in including KGB agents Barashev and Baranov, and journalist author N. N. Denisov, who helped write Gagarin's first book Roads to Space. Included is a word for word translation into English of the ten page report.

    This is part of the official report of Gagarin's trips, and as a top-secret document it was not permitted to be published until now. It is one of the most interesting historical documents that shows the politics of the space race. Very fine condition.


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