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    Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-1) Flown Large American Flag and Embroidered Mission Insignia Patch Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander John Young. A 12" x 7.5" flown cloth U.S. flag matted with a 12.5" x 8" certificate signed "John Young" (commander) and "Bob Crippen" (pilot). Mounted to the certificate is a 4.25" x 4.75" flown embroidered mission insignia patch. The text printed on the certificate is as follows: "This flag and patch were flown aboard the/ Space Shuttle 'Columbia' (STS-1)./ April 12-14, 1981/ Presented to/ State of California/ From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration." Matted in blue to an overall 16" x 20". Excellent condition save for some very light overall mounting bleed through on the flag.

    STS-1 was the maiden flight of the Space Shuttle program and the first U.S. manned space shot since the Apollo-Soyuz Test Mission in 1975. California had strong ties to this mission as Edwards AFB was used for Space Shuttle Orbiter testing and STS-1 landed there on Runway 23 two days after taking off from Kennedy Space Center.

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    April, 2010
    21st Wednesday
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