STAFFORD'S "TPS" CUSTOM FLOWN ASTP EMBLEM.
Flown ASTP "TPS" crew emblem, 5 inches in diameter. Specially made for Apollo Commander Thomas P. Stafford with his initials "TPS" embroidered between the American and Russian crew names. Mounted on a Typed Letter Signed by Thomas P. Stafford on his stationery.
TOM STAFFORD'S letter reads: "This large Apollo-Soyuz cloth patch was carried on the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) mission. It was the first manned flight between the United States and Russia. The Soyuz spacecraft was launched first with Aleksei Leonov and Valery Kubasov on July 15, 1975. Later that same day, the Apollo spacecraft was launched with astronauts Vance Brand, Deke Slayton, and myself aboard for a two day rendezvous sequence bringing us to the Soyuz. On July 17, Apollo docked with Soyuz and remained docked for two days performing mission tasks.
Soyuz returned to earth on July 21. Apollo remained in orbit for 3 more days then made a splashdown on July 24, 1975, ending the flight history of the Apollo program.
This was a very limited production patch and has my initials of 'TPS' in large gold lettering between the flight crew names. It was carried in my Personal Preference Kit (PPK) during the mission. This patch has been in my private collection since 1975."