Flown fabric American flag, 5.75 x 4, flown aboard Gemini 6A, certified and signed by Tom Stafford, in black ink on the lowermost white stripe “Flown on Gemini 6, Dec 1965, Tom Stafford.” In fine condition. Accompanied by a photo of Stafford holding this item, as well as a signed letter of authenticity from Stafford. This flag was present with Schirra and Stafford during the initial aborted launch attempt of the mission on December 12, 1965 and finally made it into Space aboard the successful Gemini 6A liftoff on December 15, 1965. As such, it flew on the first successful rendezvous of two manned spacecraft when Gemini 6 rendezvoused with Gemini 7 on December 15th, marking a ‘Race to the Moon’ milestone. This artifact originates directly from the personal collection of astronaut Thomas P. Stafford and all proceeds from the sale of this item go towards raising funds for the building of a 1:1 scale X-1 model at the Stafford Air and Space Museum. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
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