WALLY SCHIRRA'S PILOT SUNGLASSES.
SCHIRRA ON PREFERENCES IN SPORTS CARS AND MORE!
Standard-issue military sunglasses by General Optical, in gold-colored metal with straight-prong supports and green-gray lenses.
Accompanied by a signed provenance letter by WALLY SCHIRRA, reading: "Enclosed with this letter is my pair of straight prong sunglasses I wore while training during the days of Gemini and Apollo. I also wore them while driving various sports cars. We had access to 'loaner' cars such as the Chevrolet Corvette. I remember a crew photo session prior to my Apollo 7 flight driving a Corvette and wearing a long white scarf. A lot of jokes were being exchanged but I topped them all with a 'well hung' remark.
Personally, my preference in sports cars was for an Austin-Healy which I owned prior to driving the 'loaner.' I liked the light touch feel of the Austin, it was a lot like flying a fighter aircraft or nimble spacecraft like the Gemini and Apollo. I later bought a second hand Maserati. I liked it a lot more than a used Ferrari I owned in 1963, a year after my Mercury flight. I kept the Ferrari for less than a year. Most of us in the Astronaut Corps had the itch to keep moving on the ground as fast as we were able to fly in orbit.
I was commander of the first manned Apollo mission and flew with Donn Eisele and Walt Cunningham. Two major scientific objectives for this flight were the experiments defined as S005 Synoptic Terrain Photography and S006 Synoptic Weather Photography. Donn, Walt, and I made approximately 500 photographs during the Apollo 7 mission of October 1968.
As a final note, take notice of the special watermark I had made with this stationery. It is a traditional three letter monogram with the 'S' of Schirra set slightly larger in the center below the 'W' and above the 'M.'"