FASTEST FLOWN US FLAG, FROM APOLLO X MISSON.
CARRIED IN LUNAR MODULE SNOOPY.
Flown United States flag, silk, 4 x 6 inches. Displayed between paragraphs of a Typed Signed Letter by THOMAS P. STAFFORD.
Accompanied by THOMAS P. STAFFORD'S signed provenance letter, dated May 18, 1999, which reads: "The United States flag displayed below was flown to the Moon on the Apollo X mission during May 18-26, 1969. I was commander of this mission which tested critical flight maneuvers that would enable Apollo 11 to make the first lunar landing just two months later in July 1969. I carried this flag inside our Lunar Module named "Snoopy" where Gene Cernan and I approached within 50,000 feet of the lunar surface. Just prior to the beginning of the Apollo X reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, John Young, Gene, and I as well as this flag - established the all-time record for the highest speed ever attained by man 24,790 miles per hour. This speed record will not be broken until an astronaut crew returns from Mars sometime during the next century."
The flag is INSCRIBED and SIGNED: "Flown to the moon on Apollo X, Tom Stafford."