JOHN GLENN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/16/1958 - HFSID 1557
Sale Price $2,040.00
JOHN H. GLENN, JR.
With the right stuff.
ALS: "John Glenn/Major USMC". 1p, 7¼x10½. California, MD, 1958 February 16. To Larry, in full: "I believe the note on the chart is self explanatory. Sorry I couldn't send the other navigation charts but they have some info that is still classified as confidential. Best of luck in your exhibits this year. Also enclosing your dollar. Thanks for your thoughtfulness". Major John Glenn of the United States Marine Corps wrote this letter dated February 16, 1958, regarding a request for some of his navigational charts. Glenn had conducted missions as a test pilot (1954-1959) that were considered classified in the interest of national security. Just seven months prior to this letter, Glenn had completed the first transcontinental nonstop supersonic flight from California to New York (July 15, 1957). For accomplishing this record-setting flight, which lasted 3 hours and 23 minutes with an average speed of 725 miles per hour, Glenn received his fifth Distinguished Flying Cross. Glenn's aviation career began in World War II (1939-1945), during which he flew 59 missions; by the close of the Korean conflict (1950-1953), he had completed an additional 63 missions. Following his five years as a test pilot, Glenn was selected in 1959 by NASA as one of the seven original astronauts to participate in Project Mercury. Inside his ship, Friendship 7, he became the first American to orbit the Earth on February 20, 1962.On October 29, 1998, 36 years later, U.S. Senator John H. Glenn, Jr. of Ohio returned to space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, spending nine days and orbiting the Earth 134 times. The 77-year-old's presence on the mission helped scientists study the effects of space on the aging process. Following his retirement from the Marines and the space program, Glenn was elected to the U.S. Senate from his home state of Ohio in 1974. He retired from the U.S. Senate in 1999 after serving 24 years. Lightly creased. Horizontal fold touches signature. ¼-inch tear at top edge (all intact). Overall, fine condition. Framed in Gallery of History style: 34¾x20¼.
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