PRESIDENT GERALD R. FORD - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: COLONEL GERALD P. "JERRY" CARR, EDWARD G. GIBSON, COLONEL WILLIAM R. "BILL" POGUE - HFSID 86799
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GERALD FORD, EDWARD GIBSON, GERALD P. CARR and BILL POGUEGerald Ford, Edward Gibson, Gerald P. Carr, and Bill Pogue sign a commemorative envelope honoring Skylab. Commemorative Envelope signed: "G. R. Ford", "Jerry Carr", "Ed Gibson", and "Bill Pogue", 6½x3½. Cover honoring Skylab at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, metered postage from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, February 8, 1974. On August 9, 1974, GERALD R. FORD (1913-2006) was sworn in as the nation's 38th President following the resignation of Richard Nixon. Ford had previously served as Nixon's Vice President (December 6, 1973-August 9, 1974) following the resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew, becoming the only man to have held both of the nation's highest offices without being elected to either. Ford, who was previously a U.S. Congressman from Michigan (1949-1973; Minority Leader, 1965-1973), lost his bid for election to a full four-year term partially as a result of his controversial pardon of his predecessor. Ford celebrated his 93rd birthday on July 14, 2006. Before his death on December 26, 2006, Ford had surpassed Ronald Reagan (who also lived to age 93) as the longest-lived former U.S. President. GERALD P. "JERRY" CARR (1932-2020) was commander of the third and final manned visit to the Skylab Orbital Workshop. This was the longest manned flight (84 days, 1 hour, 15 minutes) in the history of manned space exploration to date. From November 16, 1973-February 8, 1974, the three-member crew, which also included Dr. Edward G. Gibson (science pilot) and William R. Pogue (pilot), successfully completed 56 experiments, 26 science demonstrations, 15 subsystem-detailed objectives and 13 student investigations during their 1,214 revolutions of the Earth. Carr, who was one of 19 astronauts selected by NASA in April 1966, had previously served in the U.S. Navy before joining the U.S. Marine Corps. Between the time of his selection and his journey into space, Carr was a member of several astronaut support crews and was involved in the development and testing of the lunar roving vehicle used during the Apollo Moon landings. Carr, who retired from the Marine Corps in 1975 and from NASA in 1977, then became involved in several aerospace-related businesses. He is married to artist/sculptor Pat Musick. Dr. EDWARD G. GIBSON (born in 1936) was a member of the crew of the final Skylab mission (November 16, 1973-February 8, 1974), which serviced an unmanned Saturn workshop and obtained medical data for extending space flights. During the mission, the crew observed the Comet Kohoutek. Selected as a scientist-astronaut by NASA in 1965, Gibson served on the astronaut support crew and was involved in the design and testing of the Skylab space station. After resigning from NASA in 1974, Gibson was involved in research and began his own consulting firm. WILLIAM R. "BILL" POGUE, a Korean War veteran and a former member of the Air Force Thunderbirds, trained aerospace research pilots before being accepted into NASA's astronaut program in 1966. A member of the astronaut support crews for Apollo missions 7, 11 and 14, he later piloted Skylab-4, the third and final manned visit to the orbital workshop (1973-1974). This mission, at 84 days, was the longest manned space flight up to that time. Colonel Pogue, who made two space walks during the mission, including a record seven-hour EVA, retired from the Air Force in 1975 to pursue a career as a private consultant and to produce videos about space flight. Slightly creased. Fine condition.
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