Lot #4084
Rusty Schweickart's Apollo 9 Flown Flashlight and Batteries

Flashlight flown aboard the Apollo 9 Gumdrop and Spider, from the personal collection of the mission LMP

 
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Estimate: $20000+

Description

Flashlight flown aboard the Apollo 9 Gumdrop and Spider, from the personal collection of the mission LMP

Rusty Schweickart’s incredible flown brass two-celled flashlight and pair of AA batteries carried aboard both the Command Module Gumdrop and the Lunar Module Spider during the Apollo 9 mission. The brass-milled flashlight, 5″ in length, is signed and flight-certified twice in black felt tip, “Flown on Apollo 9, Rusty Schweickart,” and features engraved part numbers: “ACR FA-5, Serial No. 1011, Date of Mfg. 6-68.” The head of the flashlight features an affixed swatch of Velcro, and the two AA batteries are both marked on the side: “Sept. 68, -RM-21-CMC, 1.35 V.” In overall fine condition, with tarnishing and expected wear from use to flashlight, and noted corrosion to ends of batteries. Provenance: accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from Schweickart, who states that the flashlight and batteries were “carried aboard the Apollo 9 Command Module ‘Gumdrop’ and Lunar Module ‘Spider’ during our 10 day, 1 hour, 54 second flight in 1969. The flashlight comes from my personal collection.”

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space & Aviation
  • Dates: #594 - Ended October 15, 2020