LT. COLONEL DICK (FRANCIS R.) SCOBEE - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED - HFSID 171985
Sale Price $315.00
Commander of the ill-fated Challenger signs a cover commemorating his visit to France on a 1983 world tour.
Philatelic Envelope signed: "Dick Scobee", 6½x3½. Commemorating the "World Tour/'Enterprise' Orbiter OV-101/Crew: Joseph Algranti, John Center/Astronaut, Francis R. Scobee/Thomas McMurtry, Edwards AFB". French space stamp pictorially postmarked in French:"35th International Exhibition of Aeronautics and Space", Le Bourget, May 26, 1983. Lindbergh had landed at Le Bourget in 1927. Signed beneath depiction of the Enterprise flying piggy-back on a 747. The Enterprise, the first Orbiter, was built in 1976 as a test vehicle and not equipped for space travel. Scobee, who joined the Astronaut Corps in January 1978, first went into space on the April 1984 flight of the space shuttle Challenger. He was the Commander of the space shuttle mission 51-L, launched on January 28, 1986. The Challenger, with a crew of seven, exploded 73 seconds after liftoff. Scarce cover. Fine condition.
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