SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA - STS - 2 CREW - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: MAJOR GENERAL JOE ENGLE, VICE ADMIRAL RICHARD H. TRULY - HFSID 296003
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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 orbiter's landing.
Commemorative Envelope signed: "Richard Truly" and "Joe Engle", 6½x3¾, commemorating Second Shuttle Orbiter Landing, postmarked Edwards, California, 1981 November 14. 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. Fine condition.
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