Fantastic flown American flag carried on the Skylab space station from 1973-1974, 5.5 x 3.75, affixed to a 13.75 x 10.75 presentation certificate, which has been signed in the lower left in ink by all Skylab crewmen: Charles Conrad, Joe Kerwin, Paul Weitz, Alan Bean, Owen K. Garriott, Jack Lousma, Jerry Carr, Ed Gibson, and Bill Pogue. The certificate reads: "Carried aboard the Skylab Space Station, 1973-1974. Presented to Dock J. Hudson, For your 'extra effort' in making the Skylab missions successful." Framed to an overall size of 14.75 x 11.75. In fine condition, with uniform light toning to flag.
Dock J. Hudson was a decorated Air Force pilot who, during World War II, flew with the ferry service and jungle rescue, and later participated in the Berlin Airlift. After retiring from the service, he went to work for NASA in Houston as an electrical engineer, where he was involved with the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and Space Shuttle programs. Carried on all three Skylab missions, this small American flag completed an astounding 2,476 orbits of Earth—a truly remarkable piece.
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