STAFFORD – Typed Letter Signed. On Air Force Flight Test Center letterhead. Edwards Air Force Base, California dated December 1, 1977. One page and measures 8″ X 10 1/2″. Condition: Normal mailing folds and staple holes at top left corner. Typed letter explaining that an orientation program has been cancelled. Dear Mr Valentine We have been notified that the Air Force Systems Command Civic Leader Orientation (7-9 December) has been cancelled. This has been caused by the unavoidable conflicts beyond our control. I very much regret this having occurred and extend apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you. It is hoped that another orientation might later be scheduled and you will be given first consideration for that program. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter. Stafford Major General, USAF Commander. Valentine – Publisher, Antelope Valley Ledger-Gazette, Lancaster, Ca. Stafford was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 1962. In December, 1965, he was pilot of Gemini 6 and he and commander Wally Schirra flew the first space rendezvous mission, closing to within a foot of Gemini 7, with astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell aboard. He commanded Gemini 9, with Gene Cernan as pilot, in June, 1966, rendezvousing with an alternate docking target after the Atlas boosting their original Agena target failed. They were unable to dock with the alternate because a protective fiberglass shroud had failed to separate completely, but they flew three different types of rendezvous with it. Stafford commanded the Apollo 10 lunar orbit flight in May 1969, with John Young and Gene Cernan. He and Cernan separated the Lunar Module and approached to within 10 miles of the surface, paving the way for the Apollo 11 crew to make the first moon landing two months later. Stafford logged his fourth space mission as commander of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in July 1975. He, Deke Slayton, and Vance Brand linked in orbit with a Soyuz carrying cosmonauts Alexei Leonov and Valery Kubasov. He was promoted to lieutenant general in 1978 and was assigned as Deputy Chief of Staff, Research Development and Acquisition, Headquarters, USAF, Washington, D. He retired from the Air Force in 1979. He co-founded the Technical Consulting Firm of Stafford, Burke, and Hecker, Inc. Seagate Technology is the largest independent hard disk drive maker in the world. He has served as an advisor to a number of governmental agencies including NASA and the Air Force Systems Command. He was a defense advisor to Ronald Reagan during the presidential campaign and a member of the Reagan transition team. He served on the National Research Council’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board; the Committee on NASA Scientific and Technological Program Reviews and Vice President Quayle’s Space Policy Advisory Council. He was Chairman of the NASA Advisory Council Task Force on Shuttle-Mir Rendezvous and Docking Missions, is currently Chairman of the NASA Advisory Council Task Force on ISS Operational Readiness, and Co-Chairman of the Stafford-Covey Space Shuttle Return to Flight Task Group. This is one of the Best guarantees anywhere! This item is in the category “Collectibles\Autographs\Space”. The seller is “legendsinhistory” and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Signed by: Thomas Stafford