WALLY SCHIRRA'S PILOT SUNGLASSES
Lot 1150
WALLY SCHIRRA'S PILOT SUNGLASSES. SCHIRRA ON PREFERENCES IN SPORTS CARS AND MORE!
US$ 3,500 - 4,500
£2,100 - 2,600
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WALLY SCHIRRA'S PILOT SUNGLASSES. SCHIRRA ON PREFERENCES IN SPORTS CARS AND MORE! <BR />
Lot Details
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.'
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