HAROLD BROWN; [EDWARD WHITE II]
13¾x10¼ color photo of ill-fated astronaut Edward White, with his
wife, receiving the US Air Force Space Trophy from Brown, Secretary of the Air
Force. Brown has inscribed the photo to the Whites on the 18x14½ matboard. This
photo was in the White's personal estate.
Photograph Mount signed: To Ed and Pat White, with highest esteem,
warm personal regards, and every good wish./Harold Brown/Secretary of the Air
Force. Color, 13¾10¼, matted to 14½x18. Photo: Joseph J. Scherschel of
National Geographic. Physicist HAROLD R. BROWN (b. 1927) was Director of
Defense Research and Engineering under Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara
(1961-1965), and then Secretary of the Air Force (1965-1969) He was
Secretary of Defense in the Carter administration (1977-1981), the first
scientist to occupy the post. As Secretary of Defense, he sought to balance
the President's goals of cost-cutting and arms limitation with new weapons
procurement (such as the go-ahead for "stealth" technology) and new strategic
doctrines, notably the controversial Presidential Directive 59 (planning for
limited nuclear war against the Soviet Union). EDWARD H. WHITE II
(1930-1967) was named as a member of the astronaut team selected by NASA in
September 1962. He was pilot for Gemini IV, which was a
66-revolution, four-day mission that began on June 3 and ended on June 7, 1965.
Photography of Earth terrain was a primary mission objective. During the third
revolution, White carried out the first extra vehicular activity (EVA) in the
U.S. manned space flight program. He was outside Gemini IV for 21
minutes, and became the first man to control himself in space during EVA with
a maneuvering unit. On March 21, 1966, he was named as one of the pilots of
the AS-204 mission, the first 3-man Apollo flight. White, Gus Grissom and
Roger Chaffee died on Jan. 27, 1967 in the Apollo spacecraft flash fire during a
launch pad test at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. This photograph comes
from Ed White's personal estate. Photograph lightly worn with surface
damages at edges. Mat worn and soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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