Flight-flown printed fabric American flag, 6 x 4, flown aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia during its inaugural flight on April 12–14, 1981, and presented to astronaut Deke Slayton. Flag is affixed to an 8.25 x 10.5 certificate stating “Presented to Donald K. Slayton. This flag was flown aboard Space Shuttle ‘Columbia’ (STS-1) April 12–14, 1981. It is presented to you in recognition of the significant contribution you made to the success of the mission.” Certificate also bears printed signatures of Shuttle astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen, as well as Director Chris Kraft. Framed to an overall size of 8.75 x 11.25. In fine condition, with uniform toning to white stripes of flag, most likely from adhesive on reverse. Slayton served as Head of Shuttle Approach and Landing Tests Program for NASA's space shuttle program. RRAuction COA.
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