Lot 9362: Blue Apollo-era NASA flight suit given to a high school friend of Haise's son, with an official NASA 'meatball' logo patch on the right breast. The original Land Mfg. Co. Flite Wear tag is sewn into the collar area, with a size of "40, Short" indicated on a small white tag below. Also includes an 18 x 14 print of an illustrated portrayal of Haise, signed and inscribed to the recipient of the flight suit in black ink, "To John—Thanks for being such a good friend for our son Fred. Best Wishes, Fred W. Haise." The suit is in fine condition, with general wear and a red mark to one shoulder; the print is in very good condition, with an overall block of toning and scattered creases. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the original recipient, in part: "While attending Clear Lake High School from 1972–1976 I became good friends with Fred T. Haise. I went to Fred's house in El Lago, Texas quite often after school as our friendship grew…I found out his dad was Fred Haise Jr., the astronaut from Apollo 13…I actually got to go see Fred's dad train in the flight simulator at NASA as he prepared for the testing of the space shuttle's first flight off of NASA's 747 jet...Fred T. Haise gave me one of his dad's training suits that I've had now for over 38 years."
RR Auction's Space and Aviation Auction 463
Thursday, 22nd October 2015
Write a response...