Lt. Colonel Virgil I. Grissom Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles
Died: January 27, 1967 in Kennedy Space Center, Florida
NASA ASTRONAUT (Deceased)
PERSONAL DATA: Born April 3, 1926, in Mitchell., Indiana. Died January 27, 1967, at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida, in the Apollo spacecraft fire. He is survived by his wife Betty and their two children.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Mitchell High School; received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.
ORGANIZATIONS: Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.
AWARDS: Posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
SPECIAL HONORS: Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with cluster for his Korean service, two NASA Distinguished Service medals and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal; the Air Force Command Astronaut Wings.
EXPERIENCE: Grissom, an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, received his wings in March 1951. He flew 100 combat missions in Korea in F-86s with the 334th Fighter Interceptor Squadron and, upon returning to the United States in 1952, became a jet instructor at Bryan, Texas.
In August 1955, he entered the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to study Aeronautical Engineering. He attended the Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California, in October 1956 and returned to Wright-Patterson in May 1957 as a test pilot assigned to the fighter branch.
He has logged 4,600 hours flying time3,500 hours in jet aircraft.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Grissom was one of the seven Mercury astronauts selected by NASA in April 1959. He piloted the Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft -- the second and final suborbital Mercury test flight -- on July 21, 1961. This flight lasted 15 minutes and 37seconds, attained an altitude of 118 statute miles, and traveled 302 miles downrange from the launch pad at Cape Kennedy.
On March 23, 1965, he served as command pilot on the first manned Gemini flight, A 3-orbit mission during which the crew accomplished the first orbital trajectory modifications and the first lifting reentry of a manned spacecraft. Subsequent to this assignment, he served as backup command pilot for Gemini 6.
Grissom was named to serve as command pilot for the AS-204 mission, the first 3-man Apollo flight
Lieutenant Colonel Grissom died on January 27, 1967, in the Apollo spacecraft flash fire during a launch pad test at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
VIRGIL "GUS" GRISSOM. Check filled out and signed: "Virgil I. Grissom", 6¼x2¾. No place, 1962 July 10. Drawn on the account of Capt. Virgil Grissom and Betty Grissom at the National Bank of Fort Sam Houston of San Antonio, Texas, payable to Thunderbird Motel for $100.00. read more...
Sale Price $1,360.00
VIRGIL GRISSOM "GUS" Signed photograph of the astronaut who tragically perished during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission. Photograph signed: "Gus Grissom", in black ink, B/w 8x10. read more...
Sale Price $1,530.00
LT. COLONEL VIRGIL I. "GUS" GRISSOM - COLLECTION WITH JOHN GLENN, COLONEL GORDON COOPER JR., CAPTAIN WALLY M. SCHIRRA, SCOTT CARPENTER, REAR ADMIRAL ALAN B. SHEPARD JR., MAJOR DONALD "DEKE" SLAYTON - HFSID 90375THE ORIGINAL SEVEN PROJECT MERCURY ASTRONAUTS: SCOTT CARPENTER, GORDON COOPER, GUS GRISSOM, JOHN GLENN, WALLY SCHIRRA, ALAN SHEPARD and DONALD K. SLAYTON All but Grissom have signed a group photo in space suits. The signature of the ill-fated Grissom on a separate sheet is framed with it in the Gallery of History style. read more...
Sale Price $2,720.00
GUS GRISSOM. Stamp signed: "Gus/Grissom", 2x2, affixed to similar size portion of original envelope. This stamp, issued by the Yemen Arab Republic, was one of a series of three honoring President John F. Kennedy, whose birth and death dates are imprinted on the stamp in English and Arabic. read more...
Sale Price $850.00
JOHN GLENN - COLLECTION WITH COLONEL GORDON COOPER JR., CAPTAIN WALLY M. SCHIRRA, SCOTT CARPENTER, LT. COLONEL VIRGIL I. "GUS" GRISSOM, REAR ADMIRAL ALAN B. SHEPARD JR., MAJOR DONALD "DEKE" SLAYTON - HFSID 347981Special Sale PriceMERCURY 7 ASTRONAUTS A Salute to Project Mercury by America's Original Space Pioneers Comprises: (1) Photograph signed: "Scott read more...
Sale Price $5,950.00