Aviation and Space
U.S. Aviation Pioneer. The Wright brothers designed and built the first successful motor-powered airplane and on Dec. 17, 1903 Orville became the pilot of man's first flight at Kitty Hawk. Typed letter signed "Orville Wright", 1 page 7 x 10 in., on "Orville Wright, Dayton, Ohio" stationery, 7 October 1922, to Canadian aviator Richard R. Blythe (1894-1941). Wright writes in full: "Your letter enclosing a clipping of your article in the New York Tribune on sky sailing is received. I understand there are several projects on foot in America to encourage experiments in soaring flight. I am so strongly of the opinion that soaring flight is possible only in ascending trends of air that I do not expect any new type of machine to be developed from experiments along this line. However, this kind of flight does furnish a very good sport, as well as good training to those who engage in it, and for these reasons is to be encouraged. Thanking you for your letter, I am Sincerely yours, Orville Wright" Orville writes to Canadian-born Richard Reginald "Dick" Blythe, who was one of the founding members of the secret club for male pilots, the Quiet Birdmen. Blythe in 1921, he took part in the first complete aerial circumnavigation of the Great Lakes. In the early 1920s. In May, 1927, while representing aircraft manufacturer Wright Aeronautical. A great letter where Orville Wright is discussing flight and a superb association piece with excellent aviation-related content. Usual mailing folds, mounting remnants on verso. Overall in very good condition.
Item Number: 14601
"First Lunar Landing as Told by The Astronauts" booklet on Apollo 11 Mission, signed by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin
The 1969 space flight that landed the first humans on the moon. "The First Lunar Landing booklet," measuring 9x 12", 25 pages. Signed on the first page in blue felt tip by Neil Armstrong, in black felt tip by Michael Collins, and signed and inscribed in black felt tip "To Jack Good, with best wishes, Buzz Aldrin." On July 20, 1969, Armstrong became the first man to step onto the lunar surface. Armstrong spent about two and a half hours outside the spacecraft, Aldrin slightly less, and together they collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material for return to Earth. The third member of the mission, Michael Collins, piloted the command spacecraft alone in lunar orbit until Armstrong and Aldrin returned to it just under a day later for the trip back to Earth. Launched by a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida, on July 16, Apollo 11 was the fifth manned mission of NASA's Apollo program, and only the second with an all-veteran crew. The Apollo spacecraft had three parts: a Command Module (CM) with a cabin for the three astronauts, and the only part that landed back on Earth; a Service Module (SM), which supported the Command Module with propulsion, electrical power, oxygen, and water; and a Lunar Module (LM) for landing on the Moon (which itself was composed of two parts). After being sent toward the Moon by the Saturn V's upper stage, the astronauts separated the spacecraft from it and traveled for three days until they entered into lunar orbit. Armstrong and Aldrin then moved into the Lunar Module and landed in the Sea of Tranquility. They stayed a total of about 21 1?2 hours on the lunar surface. After lifting off in the upper part of the Lunar Module and rejoining Collins in the Command Module, they returned to Earth and landed in the Pacific Ocean on July 24. Broadcast on live TV to a world-wide audience, Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface and described the event as "one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." Apollo 11 effectively ended the Space Race and fulfilled a national goal proposed in 1961 by the U.S. President John F. Kennedy in a speech before the U.S. Congress: "before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth." A rare and unique piece documenting this historic mission. Scattered creases and minor soiling mostly confined to the covers, and a pricing label affixed to the lower right corner of the front cover. In very good condition.
Item Number: 13611
Zeppelin: The greater part of a year is required for the design and construction of an airship, whereas the flight testing ..by the construction engineer is carried out in a few days or weeks.
Ferdinand Graf Von Zeppelin
German general and aircraft manufacturer who founded the Zeppelin Airship Company. Interesting 1 page Typed Letter Signed, from Friedrichshafen on 3rd September 1910, written in German to the Honoured Sea Captain Marwede of the Nautical Department of the Government Naval Office. The letter is a fascinating look into the process of creating and testing new aviation technology near the turn of the century. Zeppelin writes that the "close relationship between the navigation of the sea and the air" has always encouraged him to seek advice and additional support from the navy and its knowledgeable officers. He adds that he would like to gain the services of a senior and widely traveled naval officer, although he comments that there is no situation available within his business. Of the development of new airships, Zeppelin writes, "The greater part of a year is required for the design and construction of an airship, whereas the flight testing, which must as a high priority also be carried out by the construction engineer before the machine goes to the customer, is carried out in a few days or weeks." He concludes that "It is possible that with the further evolution of airship construction - and especially if the Navy begins to order ships- that an alteration would come in and it would give me great pleasure if we could then perhaps work in closer association." He signs "G V Zeppelin." Zeppelin was no stranger to the military and its operations, and he saw its members as useful collaborators. He himself had been in the military, resigning in 1891 to devote his full attention to airships. He hired the engineer Theodor Gross to make tests of possible materials and to assess available engines for both fuel efficiency and power-to-weight ratio. He also had air propellers tested and strove to obtain higher purity hydrogen gas from suppliers. By 1900, ten years before this letter, Zeppelin had refined his original design to include a rigid aluminium framework covered in a fabric envelope; separate multiple internal gas cells, each free to expand and contract thus obviating the need for ballonets; modular frame allowing addition of sections and gas cells; controls, engines and gondola rigidly attached. This allowed the first flight of his L1 airship. With blank integral leaf. A particularly clean and crisp letter; ideal for display. Autographs of Zeppelin are rare and letters, such as this, discussing airships are very desirable. In very fine condition.
Item Number: 9646
The Wright Brothers were inventors and aviation pioneers who invented and built the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903. Historic vintage image of the Wright Brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk, signed in the lower right in fountain pen "Orville Wright." This fascinating shot of the first flight captures one of man's greatest achievements. Printed on the white border: "First Man-Flight, December 17, 1903 Kitty Hawk, N.C." Printed on cardstock, size 6.25" x 4.5". In good condition, with half inch tears to top and bottom borders (not touching image or signature), some creasing on white border. The Wright Brothers gained the mechanical skills essential for flight by working for years in their bicycle shop. Their work with bicycles influenced their belief that an unstable vehicle like a flying machine could be controlled and balanced with practice. The Wright Brothers finally achieved their first flight on December 17, 1903, making two flights each into a freezing headwind gusting to 27 miles per hour. The first flight, by Orville at 10:35 am, of 120 feet in 12 seconds, at a speed of only 6.8 miles per hour over the ground, was recorded in this famous photograph by one of the only 5 witnesses to this historic event.
Item Number: 14156
Apollo 11 Signed Photo by all three taken on their first evening out of quarantine After their Return to Earth
Inscribed signed photo by all three Apollo 11 astronauts: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. Glossy 10" x 8" black and white photo of the Apollo 11 crew on their first evening out of quarantine after their return to earth posing with three executives of the Rice Hotel on August 12, 1969, signed and inscribed in black felt tip "To Lance-With best wishes-Neil Armstrong," and "Buzz Aldrin," and "M Collins." This photo is accompanied by a letter of provenance from the photo's original recipient, who is also in the photo. In part: "The very first public welcoming took place in Houston, Texas at the famous Rice Hotel...just before they were introduced and welcomed...there was a very small reception one hour prior to the main reception for about 30 persons...I was National Sales Manager...of the Rice Hotel and I arranged to have a photographer be available...and had this picture taken [left-to-right are: Lance Livingston, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Leo Marcott (Food and Beverage Manager of Hotel), Mike Collins and Carl Suhrland (General Manager of Hotels)]. I asked the astronauts if they would sign the picture ...Very few persons can imagine how excited, and fortunate, I was to be one of the very first human beings on earth to meet...each of the Astronauts who were the first humans to land on the moon!!!! I am still thrilled after all of these years." In very good condition, with scattered creases to edges, corners, and image, and a slight edge tear to the lower left corner, none affecting signatures. Taken on their first evening out of quarantine after their return to earth, this image captures a historic moment.
Item Number: 13358
American astronaut and first man to walk on the moon. Color 8" x 10" NASA photo of Neil Armstrong posing in his white space suit, his helmet by his side, signed and inscribed in black felt tip “To Jeffrey Taylor, Best wishes, Neil Armstrong.” In very good condition, with light overall brushing to signature, scattered creases to corners, and scattered surface wear and rubbing.
Item Number: 13956
The NASA Spaceship Columbia has continued the pioneering legacy of its forebears, becoming the first Space Shuttle to fly into Earth's orbit in 1981. Columbia took its last flight on Jan. 16, 2003 but perished during re-entry on Feb. 1, 2003 resulting in the loss of the 7 person crew. Here is the circular metal knob flown with the Space Shuttle Columbia, marked with an open arrow on the top of the knob. The base is marked "FLOMATICS, INC. Model No. A-610. Comp Type 6." An attached tag reads "Cleaned by NASA KSC component Refurbished Labratory to: KSG 123E 300A." A small white sticker reads: "Installed Soft Goods not Subject to Age Control." This piece was marked as scrap but bears the serial number "1964 M". It measures 5" tall, and 2.5" x 2" at the base.
Item Number: 12163
Space Flown Space
A space flown Cosmonaut container bag, from the Soyuz 24 mission of February 1977. Approximately 7"x9"x3", gray nylon material, with two metal clasps, and orange identification tag numbered HEBA-K 1170231. This bag was used to hold cosmonaut Gorbatko's life vest. The mission included extensive photography of Earth, and work on the Salyut 5. Formerly sold at Sotheby's. Comes with copies of the Sotheby's invoice. In excellent condition.
Item Number: 6758
Early 1920's handwritten manuscript describing the inner workings of an airplane with multiple detailed drawings and descriptions. 14 pages. 5" x 8-1/2". Includes handwritten drawings and journal entries explaining the "general data" including particular speed, weight, etc. of the planes. Drawings include a "main wiring diagram" and a "Gramaphone Cabinet". The handwritten labels on the drawings include: "Jaguar starting. See that both the engine magnets are switched off and that the throttle is in the slow running position. 2. With gas starter. Connect the gas coupling of the starter to the lead to the distributor of one of the two engine magnets. See that H1 lead switch from gas starter mag to engine mag is switched off. 3. Start the gas starter." A second handwritten description of a drawing reads "The ignition system is a highly developed form of battery-coil ignition, designed as an integral part of the engine. The general layout comprises a direct current generated gear driven from the engine." In excellent condition.
Item Number: 12775
Astronaut who flew on both the Gemini and Apollo 11 missions. 1 page Autograph Letter Signed on Michael Collins and Associates Aerospace Consultants letterhead. Collins' letter to Mr. Liblong is written in Collins' hand in full: "I mailed your books today and hope they arrive safely. I do occasionally give speeches for a fee of $6,000. -- My calendar is relatively free after this July." He signs in his hand boldly "Mike Collins." With a small docket hole in the top left corner. In fine condition. Collins signed letters are rare.
Item Number: 14860
Royal Air Force Early Aviation
Royal Air force Manuscript Note book for Airplane Workshop and Laboratory Records. Dated 1926. 122 pages of detailed notes and drawings with headings including "The Altitude Control", "Dismantling Engine", and Procedure of Forced Landing." 7-1/2" x 9-3/4" inches. This manuscript shows the incredible progress in flight made in the 23 years since the Wright Brothers made their first flight. Orville Wright's first heavier-than-air flight at Kitty Hawk used an advancement on the glider, and lasted only 12 seconds, flying 120 feet. It was not until 1908, when the Wright Brothers took their improved biplane on an international tour, that powered flight began to be recognized as a real and practical technology. However, progress on the airplane came to a near standstill as the Wrights and other developers became embroiled in patent wars. When World War I broke out in 1917, the United States used only French-made airplanes, as no American planes were sufficiently advanced. It was during World War I that the importance of the airplane as a serious offensive technology was recognized, and as a result the years between World War I and World War II saw great advancements in aircraft technology. This manuscript captures the internal workings and practical use of the airplane as it evolved from a low-powered biplane made from wood and fabric to a sleek, high-powered monoplane made of aluminum, and capable of mid-air feats barely imagined in the time of the Wright Brothers. This also marks the beginning of the history of the RAF, the world's oldest independent air force, originally founded in 1918 in the wake of World War I and given the job of policing the vast British Empire. Black fountain pen on lined paper, ruled on back. Many headings and important terms are underlined in red. The drawings are skillfully rendered with great detail in pen, graphite and colored pencil. An example of a topic in this manuscript is "Magneto Notes. Inductance--A coil of wire with a current flowing in it acts as a magnet. If the current is suddenly reversed the lines of force close up to the coil..." The text is accompanied by a hand-drawn and colored "Magneto Diagram." Also in this manuscript is a section on "Locating Ignition Faults--Possible Troubles" along with a checklist of problems including "Defective conducer or armature--If the conducer has partially broken down a brilliantly white blaze will occur at the contact points..." The list of "Approved Sparking Plugs for Aircraft Engines" includes names such as the "Napier Lion, Siddeley Jaguar, Bristol Jupitor, Rolls Royce Condor..." There are detailed operational and maintenance instructions for a Jaguar Series III, 325hp, including a complete set of instructions for dismantling the engine, as well as a nice drawing entitled "Thrust Bearing Jaguar" and another entitled "Jaguar 325HP" and another entitled "325HP Jaguar Timing Diagram." The directions for operating the aircraft include "Commence turning the engine with the starter, switch on the magnetos & turn the handle of the starter magneto the engine should start...When the engine is running on full throttle open the altitude control to see that it is operating..." Vernacular piece of aviation history, with many details of early aircraft use and maintenance. Appears to originally have been a single notebook, but now disbound into sections. Most still held together by original binding string, a few sections loose. Foxing to first page. Otherwise in very good condition.
Item Number: 9456
Apollo 11 Memorabilia
Apollo 11 training Chlorination Ampule Storage Kit from Buzz Aldrin. When the astronauts are in space, there may be times when the water available to drink may be of questionable quality. This kit, made from beta cloth, is designed to carry 7 ampules for chlorinating water to make the water cleaner. This is an important piece of space memorabilia. The official part number of this item is V36-758880 and it also has a NASA black stamp. In very good condition. Unique item purchased at the Buzz Aldrin space auction sale at superior auction in Beverly Hills, CA in 1996.
Item Number: 4987
Astronaut Gordon Cooper: "We sighted groups of metallic, saucer-shaped vehicles over the base.... UFOs exists"
Original Mercury 7 Astronaut. Souvenir Typescript Signed, 1 page of questions relating to UFO's asked to Cooper during an interview in March 1980. In part: Omni: "What about the repeated allegations that the astronauts saw many UFOs?" Cooper: "It got so bad that there were deliberately falsified tapes of communications with the astronauts, where UFO material was simply edited in..." Omni: "Didn't you go after some UFOs as an air force pilot in Germany in the 1950s?" Cooper: "Yes, several days in a row we sighted groups of metallic, saucer-shaped vehicles at great altitudes over the base, and we tried to get close to them..I do believe UFOs exists and that the truly unexplained ones are from some other technologically advanced civilization..I'm sure some of the UFOs at least are not from anywhere on Earth." Signed at bottom of page "Gordon Cooper" in black ink. In excellent condition.
Item Number: 5226
Apollo 11 Astronaut and Second Man on the Moon. Typed Document Signed, 80 pages, entitled "HEARING ON NASA's LONG-RANGE GOALS IN SPACE". Dated Wednesday, July 22, 1987. Signed on cover by Aldrin with a big and dark signature. A great NASA related item signed by the Apollo 11 Astronaut.
Item Number: 5792
U.S. Astronaut. Member of the Historic Apollo 11 Mission and Second Man to Walk on the Moon. Signed complete edition of "The Christian Science Monitor", dated July 19-21, 1969, signed boldly "Buzz Aldrin". The headline reads: "Not Just By the Way of the Moon ... " and has a huge chart of the solar system beyond the moon on the cover below Aldrin's large signature. Great historic newspaper signed by Aldrin.
Item Number: 6710
U.S. Astronaut. Member of the historic Apollo 11 Mission and Second Man to walk on the Moon. Signed complete edition of the the "Los Angeles Times," dated July 25, 1969, signed boldly: "Buzz Aldrin". The headline reads: "Moon Explorers Home; What's Next Step in Space." Cover photos include the three men stepping from the Hornet rescue helicopter in quarantine suits, and another shows President Richard Nixon welcoming them home from outside the quarantine room on the Hornet. Quarantining of Space voyagers was common practice until the Apollo 14 Mission. Great display item, signed by Aldrin, from the most historic NASA space mission.
Item Number: 3040
U.S. Astronaut. Member of the Historic Apollo 11 Mission and Second Man to Walk on the Moon. Signed complete edition of the the "Chicago Today American" Newspaper, dated July 25, 1969, signed boldly "Buzz Aldrin." The headline reads: "Moonmen the salt of the earth." Historic Item of Space Memorabilia signed by the Apollo 11 Astronaut
Item Number: 3044
Mercury 7 Astronaut. Typed Letter Signed, 1 page, on "WED Imagineering" letterhead, a division of Walt Disney Enterprises, November 24, 1975, to Margaret Furness. In part: "I have autographed the enclosed space covers as you requested..." Signed "Gordon Cooper." Letters of astronauts are much scarcer than their signed photos.
Item Number: 3551
Large Poster-Size Photograph of the Apollo 11 planted American Flag on the Moon--Signed by Buzz Aldrin
American astronaut, and the second person to walk on the Moon. He was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing in history. He set foot on the Moon at 03:15:16 (UTC) on July 21, 1969, following mission commander Neil Armstrong. Signed 16" x 20" image on heavy paper backing. The large poster-size image is from one of the first photographs taken on the moon. It shows the United States flag flying, with the footprints of the astronauts around it, and the shadow of the space shuttle Apollo 11 in the lower right corner. It is signed in large bold letters, "Buzz Aldrin." Minor bending around corners, but overall in very good condition, a great display piece.
Item Number: 14119
Wally Schirra was one of the first astronauts, and the only one to have flown on Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space crafts. Handwritten autograph letter from Wally Schirra. Schirra writes, "It was a great reunion for all of us. I particularly enjoyed it as I was patting Tom Stafford on the back (my #2 on Gemini). I look forward to inducting the Apollo crews as well. Then I will have covered my three flights." Signed, "Wally Schirra". This letter may refer to Tom Stafford's introduction into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on March 19, 1993. In blue ink on white paper. In very good condition.
Item Number: 12325
Historic Newspaper. Dallas Morning News, Texas, May 14, 1932. Headline: "Lindbergh Identifies Body as That of His Missing Son..." Articles include, "Kidnappers Killed Child, Then Sought Ransom, Is Belief...World Knew of Tragedy Nine Hours Before Lindy..." Separation at fold and minor edge wear, otherwise, in very good condition.
Item Number: 5955
Original Mercury 7 Astronaut. 8x10" ISP, black & white portrait. Next to Carpenter is an American flag. He wears a suit and tie. Signed in black marker in the upper right hand corner, "To Daniel Marcus Very Best Wishes, Scott Carpenter." An excellent example.
Item Number: 4040
American Astronaut and Moonwalker. The blastoff on July 26, 1971 launched Jim Irwin, Al Warden and Dave Scott into an adventure to the moon. Irwin details this adventure in "To Rule the Night," his book. Signed copy of "To Rule the Night", hardback, 251 pages. Signed on the inside page, "To Jeffrey Kline, my Very Best Wishes for Your Life in Him. Jim Irwin." Very good condition.
Item Number: 3886
Moonwalker. Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon, is also an artist. Handwritten Autograph Letter Signed on personal "Alan Bean" letterhead, depicting a small image on an astronaut on the moon, in the right hand corner. 1p, May 26, 1984. Entirely in his own hand, Bean writes, in part, "I own the copyrights for all my paintings so we could pick one that could be the most apropos for what you need. Be good to yourself. Alan." Along the bottom of the page it reads, "The fourth man to walk on the moon and the first artist in all of Art History to explore another world, return to earth, and paint what he experience there. ." In excellent condition.
Item Number: 3899
Space Atlas 3
Crew of the Atlas 3 Space Shuttle. Large over-sized signed FDC from the day of the launch, November 3, 1994. Envelope measures 5x12" and is decorated with a brightly colored decal commemorating the launch. Signed by the entire crew, "McMonagle", "Brown", "Ochoa", Tanner", "Parazynski" and "Clervoy." Very attractive.
Item Number: 4042
Deceased American Astronaut and Moonwalker. The blastoff on July 26, 1971 launched Jim Irwin, Al Warden and Dave Scott into an adventure to the moon. Irwin details this adventure in "To Rule the Night," his book. Signed copy of "To Rule the Night", hardback, 251 pages, with Dust Jacket. Signed on the inside page, "To Larry Cashion, my Best Wishes. Jim Irwin." Very good condition.
Item Number: 3939
Apollo 11 Memorabilia. Letter from Aldrin, 1p, quarto, on "California Bicentennial For the U.S. Constitution" letterhead. The letter is a presentation certificate for the state and explains how the stone will travel to Philadelphia's Independence Hall for placement in the freedom foundation wall. Signed, "Buzz Aldrin." Purchased from an auction at which Aldrin sold some of his personal space memorabilia.
Item Number: 2229
X15 pilot Scott Crossfield. Handwritten signed letter regarding early aviation. 7" by 7." Reads in part: "In my opinion America is falling far short of its potential in developing aviation and space technologies....we are a democracy and have chosen to devote our energies to a myriad of social fads rather than the historically proven benefits of advancing engineering works for better living for all." Signed boldly. In excellent condition.
Item Number: 14386
Large folio size award given to Apollo 12 Astronaut Richard Gordon. Sheepskin scroll from La Paz, Bolivia, given to Astronaut Richard Gordon by Bolivians in recognition of his Space mission. Very ornate and attractive. Comes from Richard Gordon's personal effects sold at a Space auction in 1995.
Item Number: 2470
Moon walker Apollo 17 Astronaut. Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page, about 3"x8". Mitchell writes in his own hand: " Heartfelt empathy is loss of your mother..Your questions much too difficult for a brief answer. but now book available of the first of your ?- Maybe it will help. In the meantime, be of cheer. Everything is okay, just like it should be- Edgar"
Item Number: 3211
Large folio size award given to Apollo 12 Astronaut Richard Gordon. Sheepskin scroll from La Paz, Bolivia, given to Astronaut Richard Gordon by Bolivians in recognition of his Space mission. Very ornate and attractive. Comes from Richard Gordon's personal effects sold by him at a Beverly Hills Space auction in 1995.
Item Number: 13003
Apollo 11 Astronaut. Second Man on the Moon. Original telegram offering congratulations to Buzz Aldrin after the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, dated July 25, 1969, telegram reads " How does it feel to be a part of one of the greatest events since the rose over Bethlehem? ..Words fail minds greater than mine Congratulation . Ann Clayton." Not signed. Purchased from an auction at which Aldrin sold some of his personal space memorabilia.
Item Number: 8873
The Apollo program, which ended in a demonstration of détente in space: a joint orbital flight of the Apollo and Soyuz spaceships. Three space related FDC's and one air mail envelope, all with Russian postage stamps. The first is of Nixon on a visit to Moscow. He signs an agreement to dock an Apollo spacecraft with a Russian Sues space laboratory in 1975. Another of the FDC's depicts a launch of Soyuz-11 from Russia.
Item Number: 4128
William P. MacCracken
Aviator who served as Secretary of Aviation for the Department of Commerce, Vice President and Director for the National Aviation Center, Inc. and as Chairman for Pan-Am Airlines. Signature, on yellow autograph book page, 3.5x6". Signed: "W. P. MacCracken, Jr." In very good condition.
Item Number: 5249
The Voyager Airplane, manned by Dick Ruttan and Jeanna Yeager, made a record breaking flight with the first nonstop trip around the world in a plane that was powered by solar energy. FDC, postmarked June 10, 1960. This FDC was issued to commemorate "U.S. Air Mail." There is a photo of the Liberty Bell with "Let Freedom Ring" written above it. Signed: "Jeanna Yeager, Voyager" and "Dick Ruttan." In excellent condition.
Item Number: 5284