SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA - STS - 2 CREW - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: MAJOR GENERAL JOE ENGLE, VICE ADMIRAL RICHARD H. TRULY - HFSID 296002
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STS-2 CREW: JOE ENGLE and RICHARD TRULY
The two-man crew of the space shuttle Columbia's second orbital flight sign an envelope commemorating the mission.
Commemorative Envelope signed: "Richard Truly", "Joe Engle" and an autopen signature reading "Richard H. Truly", 6½x3½, commemorating the Engle-Truly Columbia mission, postmarked Kennedy Space Center, Florida, 1981 November 12, 18-cent U.S. stamp affixed.. After conducting Approach and Landing tests of the prototype space shuttle Enterprise in 1977, Joe Engle and Richard Truly took the shuttle Columbia on its second orbital flight, November 12-13, 1981. RICHARD H. TRULY (b. 1937) was among the first military astronauts selected in 1965 and became a NASA astronaut in 1969. In 1983, he served as commander of STS-8, successfully completing the first night launch and landing. Retired Vice Admiral Truly served as the eighth Administrator of NASA (1989-1992) and was the first former astronaut to do so. JOE H. ENGLE (born 1932) became a NASA astronaut in 1966, tested the X-15, flew the STS-2, STS-51-I and was a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. Over the course of his career he flew more than 155 types of aircraft. Engle is the only human being to have flown two different types of winged vehicles in space (X-15 & Space Shuttle) and was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2001. Pencil X marks (unknown hand) at left of signatures (not affecting signatures). Tape stain at bottom left corner. Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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