Lot #8549
Deke Slayton's Apollo-Soyuz Training Suit

Worn by Slayton during ASTP training
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Estimate: $5000+


Worn by Slayton during ASTP training

Deke Slayton’s mustard-color flight suit used during training for the historic Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, with the suit bearing the NASA 'meatball' logo patch to the right chest and Slayton’s Velcro name patch on the left, "D. K. Slayton, M.S.C. N.A.S.A.” The Kings Point manufacturer's tag is sewn into the collar area, with size tag below, "38-R." In fine condition, with expected wear from use.

Few if any non-moonwalking astronauts can lay claim to a more impressive resume than Wisconsin native Deke Slayton. He flew in WW2’s European and Pacific Theatres, helped test Britain's first supersonic fighter, and he was selected as one of the original seven astronauts for Project Mercury. On March 15, 1962, two months prior to the launch of Slayton's Delta 7 spacecraft, he was medically disqualified from flight due his previous diagnosis of having idiopathic atrial fibrillation, or erratic heart activity.

Grounded but undeterred, Slayton was soon selected to serve as the senior manager of the astronaut office and, four years later, became responsible for determining the crews of the Gemini and Apollo missions as the director of Flight Crew Operations. Slayton strove to restore his flight status and did just that on March 13, 1972; his first and only space flight was served as a docking pilot during the historic Space Race-ending Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. A terrific training-used flight suit worn by one of NASA’s greatest pilots.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space & Aviation
  • Dates: #581 - Ended April 16, 2020