Major Donald Slayton Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles
Died: June 13, 1993 in League City, Texas
NASA Astronaut (Deceased)
PERSONAL DATA: Born March 1, 1924, in Sparta, Wisconsin. Died June 13, 1993. He is survived by wife, Bobbie, and son, Kent.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Sparta High School; received a bachelor of science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1949.
ORGANIZATIONS: Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the American Astronautical Society; associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, the Space Pioneers, and the Confederate Air Force; life member of the Order of Daedalians, the National Rifle Association of America, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles; honorary member of the American Fighter Aces Association, and the National WWII Glider Pilots Association.
SPECIAL HONORS: NASA Distinguished Service Medal (3); NASA Exceptional Service Medal; the Collier Trophy; the SETP Iven C. Kincheloe Award; the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award; the SEPT J.H. Doolittle Award (1972); the National Institute of Social Sciences Gold Medal (1975); the Zeta Beta Tau's Richard Gottheil Medal (1975); the Wright Brothers International Manned Space Flight Award (1975); the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Space Award (1976); the American Heart Association's Heart of the Year Award (1976); the District 35-R Lions International American of the Year Award (1976); the AIAA Special Presidential Citation (1977); the University of Minnesota's Outstanding Achievement Award (1977); the Houston Area Federal Business Association's Civil Servant of the Year Award (1977); the AAS Flight Achievement Award for 1976 (1977); the AIAA Haley Astronautics Award for 1978; the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal (1978); honorary doctorate in Science from Carthage College, Carthage, Illinois, in 1961; honorary doctorate in Engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, in 1965.
EXPERIENCE: Slayton entered the Air Force as an aviation cadet and received his wings in April 1943 after completing flight training at Vernon and Waco, Texas.
As a B-25 pilot with the 340th Bombardment Group, he flew 56 combat missions in Europe. He returned to the United States in mid-1944 as a B-25 instructor pilot at Columbia, South Carolina, and later served with a unit responsible for checking pilot proficiency in the A-26. In April 1945, he was sent to Okinawa with the 319th Bombardment Group and flew seven combat missions over Japan. He served as a B-25 instructor for one year following the end of the war and subsequently left the Air Force to enter the University of Minnesota. He became an aeronautical engineer after graduation and worked for two years with the Boeing Aircraft Corporation at Seattle, Washington, before being recalled to active duty in 1951 with the Minnesota Air National Guard.
Upon reporting for duty, he was assigned as maintenance flight test officer of an F-51 squadron located in Minneapolis, followed by 18-months as a technical inspector at Headquarters Twelfth Air Force, and a similar tour as fighter pilot and maintenance office with the 36th Fighter Day Wing at Bitburg, Germany. Returning to the United States in June 1955, he attended the USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California. He was a test pilot there from January 1956 until April 1959 and participated in the testing of fighter aircraft built for the United States Air Force and some foreign countries.
He has logged more than 6,600 hours flying time, including 5,100 hours in jet aircraft.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Mr. Slayton was named as one of the Mercury astronauts in April 1959. He was originally scheduled to pilot the Mercury-Atlas 7 mission but was relieved of this assignment due to a heart condition discovered in August 1959.
Mr. Slayton became Coordinator of Astronaut Activities in September 1962 and was responsible for the operation of the astronaut office. In November 1963, he resigned his commission as an Air Force Major to assume the role of Director of Flight Crew Operations. In this capacity, he was responsible for directing the activities of the astronaut office, the aircraft operations office, the flight crew integration division, the crew training and simulation division, and the crew procedures division. Slayton was restored to full flight status and certified eligible for manned space flights in March 1972, following a comprehensive review of his medical status by NASA's Director of Life Sciences and the Federal Aviation Agency.
Mr. Slayton made his first space flight as Apollo docking module pilot of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) mission, July 15-24, 1975â€"a joint space flight culminating in the first historical meeting in space between American astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts. Completing the United States flight crew for this 9-day earth-orbital mission were Thomas P. Stafford (Apollo commander) and Vance D. Brand (Apollo command module Pilot). In the Soviet spacecraft were cosmonauts Alexey Leonov (Soyuz commander) and Valeriy Kubasov (Soyuz flight engineer). The crewmen of both nations participated in a rendezvous and subsequent docking, with Apollo the active spacecraft. The event marked the successful testing of a universal docking system and signaled a major advance in efforts to pave the way for the conduct of joint experiments and/or the exchange of mutual assistance in future international space explorations. There were 44 hours of docked joint activities during ASTP, highlighted by four crew transfers and the completion of a number of joint scientific experiments and engineering investigations. All major ASTP objectives were accomplished and included: testing a compatible rendezvous system in orbit; testing of androgynous docking assemblies; verifying techniques for crew transfers; and gaining experience in the conduct of joint international flights. Apollo splashed down in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii and was quickly recovered by the USS NEW ORLEANS. Slayton logged 217 hours and 28 minutes in his first space flight.
From December 1975 through November 1977, Slayton served as Manager for Approach and Landing Test Project. He directed the Space Shuttle approach and landing test project through a series of critical orbiter flight tests that allowed in-flight test and checkout of flight controls and orbiter subsystems and permitted extensive evaluations of the orbiter's subsonic flying qualities and performance characteristics.
He next served as Manager for Orbital Flight Test, directing orbital flight mission preparations and conducting mission operations. He was responsible for OFT operations scheduling, mission configuration control, preflight stack configuration control, as well as conducting planning reviews, mission readiness reviews, and postflight mission evaluations. He was also responsible for the 747/orbiter ferry program.
Slayton retired from NASA in 1982. He was president of Space Services Inc., of Houston, a company he founded to develop rockets for small commercial payloads.
Slayton died on June 13, 1993, in League City, Texas, from complications of a brain tumor.
DONALD K. SLAYTON Official color NASA publicity photograph of Donald K. Slayton in his uniform. Photograph inscribed and signed: "Best wishes to/Jose -/D K Slayton". Color, 8x10. Name imprinted at lower margin. Donald K. read more...
Sale Price $396.00
DONALD SLAYTON "DEKE" One of the astronauts from the historic Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the first American-Russian joint space mission, signs on this posed photograph Inscribed photograph signed: "Best wishes to Kevin/Steer -/ D K Slayton", in white ink, Color 8x10. Donald K. read more...
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DONALD K. SLAYTON Official color NASA publicity photograph of Donald K. Slayton in a suit and tie. Photograph signed: "D K Slayton". Color, 8x10. Donald K. "Deke" Slayton read more...
Sale Price $342.00
DONALD K. "DEKE" SLAYTON Donald K. Slayton signs a typed letter of thanks for the telegram and hopes to go into the space shuttle at a later date. Typed Letter Signed: "Deke" as Director of Flight Crew Operations, 1p, 8x10½. Houston, Texas, 1972 March 22. read more...
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DONALD "DEKE" SLAYTON Donald Slayton sends a letter with career advice. Typed Letter Signed: "DK Slayton", 1p, 8x10½. Houston, Texas, 1978 May 9. On letterhead of National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center to Kathy Dalton, Port Washington, New York. read more...
Sale Price $722.50
DONALD K. SLAYTON Re: the force of gravity on the Moon. Typed Letter Signed: "D.K. Slayton", 1p, 8x10. NASA, Houston, Texas, 1980 October 6. To Miss Christy Cooper, Longview, Washington. read more...
Sale Price $680.00
DONALD K. SLAYTON Donald K. Slayton sends a typed letter about the possibility of calcium lost in astronauts over long periods of time. Typed Letter Signed: "D K Slayton" as Manager for Orbital Flight Test/Space Shuttle Program, 1p, 8x10½. LBJ Space Center, Houston, Texas, 1979 December 17. read more...
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DONALD K. SLAYTON Mercury/Apollo astronaut on communication between astronauts and ground control. Typed Letter Signed: "D.K. Slayton" as President of Space Services Inc. of America, 1p, 8½x11. Houston, Texas, 1987 December 22. To Bill Moore, Salem, Oregon. read more...
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DONALD K. SLAYTON Donald K. Slayton signs a typescript from his book We Seven Typescript signed: "D K Slayton" 1p, 8½x11. Excerpt from We Seven, a book co-authored by the seven original Mercury Project astronauts in 1962. read more...
Sale Price $396.00
APOLLO - SOYUZ CREW - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: LT. GENERAL THOMAS P. STAFFORD, MAJOR DONALD "DEKE" SLAYTON, VANCE BRAND - HFSID 309701Three NASA astronauts from the historic Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the first American-Russian joint flight, pen their names on this 14x11 image read more...
Sale Price $510.00
APOLLO - SOYUZ CREW - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: MAJOR DONALD "DEKE" SLAYTON, VANCE BRAND - HFSID 266418Color 14x11 publicity photograph of an artist's rendering of the docking of the two-man Soviet Soyuz and the three-man U.S. Apollo capsule read more...
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APOLLO - SOYUZ CREW - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: VALERI N. KUBASOV, MAJOR GENERAL ALEXEI LEONOV, LT. GENERAL THOMAS P. STAFFORD, MAJOR DONALD "DEKE" SLAYTON - HFSID 86834APOLLO-SOYUZ CREW Participants in the first joint U.S.-U.S.S.R. space venture pen their names on this 20x14 magazine photo Magazine Photograph signed: "D.K. Slayton", "A. Leonov", "Tom Stafford" and "V. Kubasov" read more...
Sale Price $637.50
APOLLO - SOYUZ CREW - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: LT. GENERAL THOMAS P. STAFFORD, MAJOR DONALD "DEKE" SLAYTON, VANCE BRAND - HFSID 158131APOLLO-SOYUZ AMERICAN CREW: THOMAS P. STAFFORD, DONALD SLAYTON and VANCE BRAND Signature of the Americans involved in the first joint United States-Soviet Union space mission Commemorative Envelope signed: "Tom Stafford", "D.K. read more...
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APOLLO - SOYUZ CREW - DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENT SIGNED 10/1975 CO-SIGNED BY: VALERI N. KUBASOV, MAJOR GENERAL ALEXEI LEONOV, LT. GENERAL THOMAS P. STAFFORD, MAJOR DONALD "DEKE" SLAYTON, VANCE BRAND - HFSID 102116APOLLO-SOYUZ CREW: THOMAS P. STAFFORD, DONALD SLAYTON, VANCE BRAND, ALEXEI LEONOV and VALERI N. KUBASOV Space travelers from the joint U.S.-U.S.S.R. mission sign this 14x11 certificate Document signed: "Tom Stafford", "V. Brand", "D.K. read more...
Sale Price $765.00
APOLLO - SOYUZ CREW - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: MAJOR DONALD "DEKE" SLAYTON, VANCE BRAND - HFSID 156183APOLLO-SOYUZ CREW: DONALD K. SLAYTON and VANCE BRAND Two American members of the first joint U.S.-U.S.S.R. space mission sign this first day cover First Day Cover signed: "D.K. Slayton" and "V Brand" 6½x3½. read more...
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APOLLO - SOYUZ CREW - PRESS RELEASE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: VALERI N. KUBASOV, MAJOR GENERAL ALEXEI LEONOV, LT. GENERAL THOMAS P. STAFFORD, MAJOR DONALD "DEKE" SLAYTON, VANCE BRAND - HFSID 217391APOLLO-SOYUZ CREW: TOM STAFFORD, DONALD SLAYTON, VANCE BRAND, ALEXEI LEONOV and VALERI KUBASOV Signatures of the explorers who participated in the first joint U.S.-U.S.S.R. mission in space Booklet signed: "V. read more...
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APOLLO - SOYUZ CREW - PRINTED ART SIGNED IN PENCIL CIRCA 1988 CO-SIGNED BY: VALERI N. KUBASOV, MAJOR GENERAL ALEXEI LEONOV, LT. GENERAL THOMAS P. STAFFORD, GEORGE BISHOP, MAJOR DONALD "DEKE" SLAYTON - HFSID 157237Limited edition lithograph (35x23) by George Bishop signed in pencil by astronauts Stafford and Slayton and by cosmonauts Leonov and Kubasov, framed in the Gallery of History style to 43x41 read more...
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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...
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PRESIDENT GERALD R. FORD - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CIRCA 1974 CO-SIGNED BY: LT. GENERAL THOMAS P. STAFFORD, MAJOR DONALD "DEKE" SLAYTON, VANCE BRAND - HFSID 101198GERALD R. FORD and APOLLO-SOYUZ AMERICAN CREW In his first month in office, the President greets the Apollo-Soyuz read more...
Sale Price $510.00