Lot 5093: Charlie Duke’s Test Pilot School Signed Photograph

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-06-29 15:08:47

Lot 5093: Official glossy 10 x 8 United States Air Force photo of the graduating 1965 test pilot school class of 6H–C, featuring four future NASA astronauts, signed above and below their respective pictures in blue ballpoint, "Charlie Duke," "Hank Hartsfield," and "Stu A. Roosa," and blue ink, "Al Worden." Also signed by the remaining eight flight school graduates. In fine condition, with slight creasing to edges. Accompanied by a handwritten and signed letter of provenance from Duke, reading in part: "This...letter has been a part of my space collection for over 40 years. This photo…was taken shortly before we graduated in August 1965 at Edward AFB, CA…The other members of my class went on to serve our country as combat pilots. It was a distinguished class!" Capturing one of the final steps prior to joining NASA—the pinnacle of aviation—this incredible photo foreshadows the future pathways of three accomplished Apollo astronauts. RR Auction's The Nasa Collection of Leon Ford Auction 455 Thursday, 25th June 2015 Estimate: $1000 - 2000
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