Lot 5055: Alan Bean's white In-Flight Coverall Garment used during training for Apollo 12, consisting of both the jacket and pants. The jacket is signed inside in black felt tip, "I wore this suit during training for my Apollo 12 mission. Alan Bean," and bears his name patch on the left breast, "A. Bean," an official NASA 'meatball' patch on the right, and an American flag patch on the left sleeve. The patch sewn inside the collar area reads: "Coverall Jacket, P/N: BW-1060-002, Size: SL S/N 1036, Subject: A. Bean, Contract No. NAS 9-8309, Date of Mfg.: 12-9-68." The pants are unsigned and bear a patch sewn inside the waistband reading: "Coverall Trousers, P/N BW-1061-001, Size: SR S/N 1036, Subject: A. Bean, Contract No.: NAS 9-8309, Date of Mfg.: 12-9-68, Mfg. by: B. Welson Co." In fine condition, with expected wear from use and some soiling to one of the side pockets of the pants. Accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from Bean noting the part numbers, in part: "I hereby certify that I wore the following In-Flight Coverall Garment (ICG) during training for Apollo 12…The ICG was designed by NASA as an alternative to having us wear our full spacesuits inside the Apollo spacecraft all the time. We wore Class III coveralls like this one while training inside the simulators at the Manned Spacecraft Center…in Houston, Texas." Also includes a letter of authenticity from Gil Chisholm, the Crew Systems Apollo 12 Assistant Mission Manager, certifying that the garments with these part numbers were indeed used as training suits for Apollo 12. The In-Flight Coverall Garment offered far more flexibility than the bulky spacesuit, so astronauts changed into these after launch to be more comfortable during their long flight. As a training-worn Apollo ICG with excellent provenance, this is a remarkable piece of lunar mission history.
RR Auction's The Nasa Collection of Leon Ford Auction 455
Thursday, 25th June 2015
Estimate: $10000 - 12000
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