CAPTAIN JAMES D. WETHERBEE - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: COLONEL ROBERT C. SPRINGER, CAPTAIN MICHAEL L. COATS, COLONEL FREDERICK D. GREGORY - HFSID 304920
Sale Price $234.00
Four astronauts sign an envelope commemorating the launch of Atlantis Mission STS-51-J
First Day Cover signed: "Michael L. Coats/AIE CAPROM", "Jim Wetherbee/Planning", "Bob Springer/Orbit 2" and "Fred Gregory/orbit 1", 6½x3½. Envelope commemorating the Launch of Atlantis Mission STS-51-J, postmarked Cape Canaveral, Florida, October 3, 1985, 22-cent U.S. Stamp affixed. As a US Navy pilot, MICHAEL COATS flew 315 combat missions in Southeast Asia (1970-1972). He was a test pilot before entering the astronaut corps in 1979. Coats traveled into space aboard the Orbiter Discovery 3 times: on its maiden flight in 1984, and on addition missions (as spacecraft commander) in 1989 and 1991. In December 2005, Coats was named Director of the Johnson Space Flight Center. FREDERICK D. GREGORY (b. 1941), a US Air Force helicopter rescue pilot during the Vietnam War, became an astronaut in 1978. He was the pilot of Challenger 51-B (1985) and the commander of Discovery STS-33 (1989) and Atlantis STS-44 (1991).Colonel BOB SPRINGER flew as a mission specialist on Discovery STS-29 (1989), and Atlantis STS-38 (1990). Aerospace engineer and US Navy pilot JAMES "JIM" WETHERBEE (b. 1952) joined the astronaut corps in 1985. He logged 696 hours in space on six shuttle missions (1990-2002). As he notes on this photo, he was pilot on the first mission (STS-32); he was mission commander on the other five, a record number of flights in that role. Wetherbee's last three shuttle missions took him to the Mir and to the International Space Station. Fine condition.
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