COLONEL C. GORDON FULLERTON - PHOTOGRAPH MOUNT SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: COLONEL JACK LOUSMA, MAJOR GENERAL JOE ENGLE, FRED W. HAISE JR., VICE ADMIRAL RICHARD H. TRULY - HFSID 289781
Sale Price $1,105.00
SPACE SHUTTLE ENTERPRISE TEST MISSIONS: FRED HAISE, GORDON FULLERTON, JOE ENGLE and RICHARD TRULY
Both commanders and both pilots of the final Enterprise test flights signed this color photo of themselves posed in front of their Shuttle, matted to 14x11. This is from the personal collection of astronaut Jack Lousma, who has signed his authenticating certification on verso.
Photograph Mount signed: "Gordon Fullerton", "Fred Haise", "Joe Engle", "Richard H. Truly". Color, image 9½x7½, matted to an overall size of 14x11 (two surface). Signed in black ink on the mount. Also signed on verso: "From my personal collection./Jack Lousma". Between June and October 1977, the four pictured astronauts, alternating in crews of two, performed the first manned captive-active and free flight tests in the un-powered Enterprise orbiter. These tests, conducted at the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, were a vital phase in the final design of the Space Shuttle. FRED WALLACE HAISE, JR. (b. 1933) was one of the 19 astronauts selected by NASA in 1966. Haise, who was a lunar module back up crew member for Apollo 8 and Apollo 11 and spacecraft commander backup for Apollo 16, was the Lunar Module Pilot on the aborted Apollo 13 mission in 1970. In 1977, he commanded the space shuttle Enterprise five times as part of the Approach and Landing Test Program at Edwards Air Force Base (shown here, separating from specially modified 747 jet). After retiring from NASA in June 1979, Haise joined Northrop Grumman Technical Services (GTS), serving as Vice President (from 1979), President of GTS (from 1983) and President of the Space Station Program Support Division (from 1987). CHARLES GORDON FULLERTON (1936-2013), a research pilot at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Facility and Haise's pilot on this mission, flew B-52 launch aircraft, Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and other multi-engine and high performance aircraft. A NASA astronaut from September 1969-November 1986, Fullerton logged 380 hours in space. He piloted the STS-3 space shuttle Columbia on its eight-day test mission (March 22-30, 1982) and was Commander of the STS-51F Spacelab 2 mission (launched from Kennedy Space Center on July 29, 1985 and landing at Dryden on August 6, 1985) in addition to serving on the support crew of Apollo 14, 15, 16 and 17. JOE H. ENGLE (b. 1932), commander of the other test crew, became a NASA astronaut in 1966, tested the X-15, flew the STS-2, STS-51-I and was a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. Over the course of his career he flew more than 155 types of aircraft. Engle is the only human being to have flown two different types of winged vehicles in space (X-15 & Space Shuttle) and was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2001. RICHARD H. TRULY (b. 1937), Engle's pilot, was among the first military astronauts selected in 1965 and became a NASA astronaut in 1969. In 1983, he served as commander of STS-8, successfully completing the first night launch and landing. Retired Vice Admiral Truly served as the eighth Administrator of NASA (1989-1992) and was the first former astronaut to do so. JACK LOUSMA (b. 1936), an aeronautical engineer and Marine recon pilot, became an astronaut in 1966. He was scheduled to land on the moon with Apollo 20, which was cancelled, but he was the pilot of Skylab-3 (1973), performing 11 hours of space walk on that mission. In March 1982, Lousma flew the space shuttle on its final orbital test flight. In 1984 Lousma, a Republican, narrowly lost a bid for a US Senate seat from Michigan. The memento offered here is from Lousma's personal collection. Matting Toned at edges and on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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