WALLY SCHIRRA'S PILOT SUNGLASSES.
SCHIRRA ON SPORTS CARS AND MORE! Standard-issue military sunglasses by General Optical, in gold-colored metal with straight-prong supports and green-gray lenses. With a Typed Letter Signed by WALLY SCHIRRA on his personal Rancho Santa Fe, CA, letterhead.
WALLY SCHIRRA'S signed provenance reads: "Enclosed with this letter is my pair of straight prong sunglasses I wore during 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 that 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."