STAFFORD'S GEMINI PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION.
A group of 30 black and white photographs from Stafford's days as a Gemini astronaut, including flight and training photographs from his Gemini 6 and 9 missions. 10 x 8 inches with most having printed captions on verso.
With TOM STAFFORD'S signed provenance note, reading: "The enclosed 30 photographs show some of the training and flight events from my two Gemini missions. Several of my fellow Gemini Astronauts are shown during training activities. There are a few of me at the McDonnell manufacturing plant during Gemini spacecraft familiarization activities.
My first space mission was Gemini 6 with Wally Schirra in command. We made the world's first manned spacecraft rendezvous with Gemini 7 already in orbit on December 15, 1965. My next flight was command of Gemini 9 in June 1966. We planned to dock with a vehicle already in orbit but the launch shroud failed to jettison. It really looked like an 'angry alligator' up there in earth orbit.
I then commanded the Apollo 10 lunar mission of May 1969 and the Apollo Soyuz mission in July of 1975. These photographs illustrate how Gemini Program activities were critical steps in our national effort to achieve a lunar landing before the end of 1969."