Extremely rare and highly desirable flown oversize fabric American flag, 18 x 12, carried into lunar orbit aboard Apollo 10 in May 1969. Signed in black ink on the lowermost white stripe by two members of the Apollo 10 crew, “Flown to the moon on Apollo X, May 1969, Tom Stafford,” and “Gene Cernan.” In fine condition, with expected folds. Accompanied by a photo of Stafford holding this item, as well as a signed letter of authenticity from Stafford. Only about a dozen or so of these size flags were carried on the mission, and less than a handful are signed. Complete crew-signed flags from Apollo missions are quite uncommon, and the larger flags are almost never offered for sale. Combined with the fact that this flag set a record for highest speed attained by a manned vehicle at 24,791 mph, this vibrantly-colored flown piece is an especially desirable offering. Originating directly from the collection of Thomas P. Stafford, 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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