LARGE UNITED STATES FLAG CARRIED ON GEMINI 6.
Flown Flag, silk, 8 by 11 inches, inscribed towards the lower edge: "Flown in Gemini 6 during the first space rendezvous with Gemini 7, Dec. 15-16, 1965, Tom Stafford." Together with a Typed Letter Signed by Thomas P. Stafford.
Gemini 6 performed the first manned space flight rendezvous with Gemini 7 on December 15, 1965. Stafford's letter reads in part: "The United States flag enclosed with this letter was carried on the Gemini 6 mission during December 15 and 16, 1965. Wally Schirra commanded the flight while I served as pilot. This flag became a part of history when we completed the world's first manned space flight rendezvous with Gemini 7 already in orbit on December 15. This flight technique was one of the most important capabilities demonstrated during the Gemini Program.
A United States flag of this size, approximately 12 by 8 inches, is rare to be carried on a Gemini mission. The spacecraft had very limited interior room and non-essential weight constraints were paramount. Fuel, batteries for power and life support consumables were just a few of the critical heavy weight materials needed to perform our intricate rendezvous procedures.
The flag is from my personal collection. It represents the effort of a nation that developed the techniques required to make a lunar landing possible before the end of the 1960s."