SPACE SHUTTLE ENTERPRISE CREW - COMMEMORATIVE ENVELOPE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: FRED W. HAISE JR., COLONEL C. GORDON FULLERTON - HFSID 158144
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ENTERPRISE SPACE SHUTTLE, CO-SIGNED BY: FRED WALLACE HAISE, JR., CHARLES GORDON FULLERTON
Envelope commemorating the Enterprise space shuttle signed by two of its crewmembers
Commemorative envelope signed "Fred Haise" and "Gordon Fullerton". 6½x3½. Commemorating the Enterprise space shuttle with blue monochrome cachet on left of the Enterprise being released from its 747 carrier during its fifth free flight, postmarked Edwards, California, Oct. 26, 1977. With one 13¢ brown-and-white Liberty Tree stamp affixed and cancelled with "For Benefits on Earth" space shuttle cancellation. Edwards Air Force Base was the site of the Enterprise's Approach and Landing Tests, or ALT. Haise and Fullerton were part of the shuttle's crew during these tests, including the free flight depicted here. HAISE, born in 1933, was one of the 19 astronauts selected by NASA for the Apollo program in 1966. Haise, who was a lunar module back up crew member for Apollo 8 and Apollo 11 and spacecraft commander backup for Apollo 16, was the Lunar Module Pilot on the aborted Apollo 13 mission in 1970. (He was portrayed by Bill Paxton in the 1995 movie Apollo 13) In 1977, he commanded the space shuttle Enterprise five times during its ALT at Edwards Air Force Base. After retiring from NASA in June 1979, Haise joined Northrop Grumman Technical Services (GTS), serving as Vice President (from 1979), President of GTS (from 1983) and President of the Space Station Program Support Division (from 1987). FULLERTON (1936-2013), born in Rochester, New York, is a research pilot at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Facility at Edwards AFB, California, piloting B-52 launch aircraft, Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and other multi-engine and high performance aircraft. A NASA astronaut from September 1969 to November 1986, Fullerton logged 380 hours in space. He piloted the STS-3 space shuttle Columbia on its eight-day test mission (March 22-30, 1982) and was Commander of the STS-51F Spacelab 2 mission (launched from Kennedy Space Center on July 29, 1985 and landing at Dryden on August 6, 1985) in addition to serving on the support crew of Apollo 14, 15, 16 and 17. In 1977, Fullerton piloted the Space Shuttle Enterprise prototype for the Approach and Landing Test Program at Dryden. Lightly toned and stained, otherwise in fine condition.
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