Rare flown fabric American flag, 6 x 4, flown aboard Gemini 9, certified and signed by Tom Stafford, in black ink on the lowermost white stripe “Flown on Gemini IX, June 1966, Tom Stafford,” and also signed by Gene Cernan. In fine condition. Accompanied by a photo of Stafford holding this item, as well as a signed letter of authenticity from Stafford. The Gemini 9 mission is famous for the second spacewalk attempt by a US astronaut. Gene Cernan spent over two hours outside the spacecraft struggling to perform the tasks required during his EVA spacewalk. Flown Gemini flags are, overall, quite scarce—especially Gemini 9—as the early program’s astronauts carried only a few, paling in comparison to the much more significant amount later carried on Apollo missions. Further bolstering its desirability, this rare flag is signed by both members of crew and originates 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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