Lot 5037: Flown Apollo 9 beta cloth patch bearing the mission insignia in the center, 3.75 x 4, removed from Command Module Pilot Dave Scott's Inflight Coverall Garment (ICG) beta suit after the Apollo 9 mission. In fine condition, with some expected wear. Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Richard Gordon, reading: "Flown with McDivitt, Scott, and Schweickart aboard Apollo IX, March 1969. Apollo IX was the first flight test of the Command and Service Module with the Lunar Module. This patch was removed from Command Module Pilot Dave Scott's beta suit. After the fight [sic] of Apollo IX it was presented to Richard Gordon, the backup Command module pilot." Also accompanied by a 2007 handwritten and signed letter from Richard Gordon to Leon Ford. Originally procured from Gordon by esteemed space collector Leon Ford, this beta cloth patch was sewn onto CMP Scott's Inflight Coverall Garment (ICG). This marks the first occasion in which this remarkable ten-day flown patch—a special gift between the Apollo IX command module pilot and his backup—has been available at public auction.
RR Auction's The Nasa Collection of Leon Ford Auction 455
Thursday, 25th June 2015
Estimate: $5000 - 10000
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