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Here are the items which are relatively new to my website. The newest items are at the top of the page.
 
My site has grown to 39 pages and well over 200 images. Large enough that it would now be difficult to casually scan through every page and identify what is new. I hope this helps sort it out a little bit. Thank you for taking the time to visit.
 
Latest Update January 22nd, 2008
 
January 22nd 2008 - Today I added two books. Eddie Rickenbacker's autobiography with a real nice signature from 1968. This is oddly a stated 5th printing in the book, and the DJ states 3rd printing. They appear to have been together so it is just an oddity by nature I guess. The book and the DJ are in great condition. Secondly I have added a rather rare book by Al Worden. I really didn't even know this book existed until I stumbled upon it. It has a rather lengthy personal inscription too. Very nice overall.
 
January 11th 2008 - I have added this book written and autographed by Jacqueline Cochran. It is in pretty fair shape for a book that is over 50 years old. The corners are sharp, but the DJ is a little tired from the years. This signature matches 2 others I have seen by her so it should serve as a good reference for those interested.
 
November 24th 2007 - I have added several interesting things here. First of all I updated, or back dated the site photo of Jim McDivitt. This is an older B&W photo of Jim in front of an F-104 Starfighter. Note the old truck in the background for contrast! This photo was signed courtesy of the latest Novaspace McDivitt signing. I have also landed a few flown items from the X-43A flight test program. A pair of covers flown on the two successful test flights and a flag flown on the final test flight of the program. These covers and flag were kindly acquired from Tony Landis. Tony adds that there were about 20 of these Mach 7 covers flown, 50 of these Mach 10 covers and roughly 24 of the flags flown.
 
August 27th, 2007 - Okay there are some big changes here to my cornerstone piece, "The Golden Age of Test Flight." I have added 17 signatures since my last update. Fifteen of those were just last week at Spacefest. Here they all are: Merv Evenson, Fred Knox, Ken Chilstrom, Ray McPerson, John Smyth, Jack Lousma, Paul Weitz, Joe Kerwin,, Walt Cunningham, Rusty Schweickart, Scott Carpenter, Alan Bean, Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan, Charlie Duke, Dave Scott and Edgar Mitchell. This completes some early shuttle missions, has one Moonwalker from each Moon landing mission, at least one member of each Skylab mission, a Mercury astronaut etc… I just went nuts at Spacefest is about all I can say. One key change is this was the first time I ever paid anybody to sign this piece of art. Until now everyone had been happy to sign it for free.
 
April 24th, 2007 - I just picked up this copy of Douglas Corrigan's book, "That's My Story." This book was published in November of 1938, released in December of 1938. This copy was printed in January of 1939 and it is a 20th printing! Wow, that was a lot of printings real fast. This copy is real clean for a 70 year old book. I love the inscription too, "Wrong Way to Ireland."
 
April 19th, 2007 - I have added two Apollo crew signed items. An Apollo 13 recovery cover from the USS Iwo Jima. This is probably the most significant spacecraft recovery in history. This cover was there on the scene. I also picked up an Apollo 15 crew signed VIP card.
 
January 29th, 2007 - I have added a vintage copy of, "P.S. I Listened To Your Heart Beat: Letters To John Glenn." This book is a compilation of letters that John Glenn received after his historic Mercury flight in 1962. This is an interesting snapshot of values and thoughts that people held at the dawn of Man's first steps off of the planet Earth. I foresee this book serving as an anthropological core sample of early 1960's society for years to come.
 
January 22nd, 2007 - Wow! Look at what showed up in the mail today! This was returned to me from Novaspace after the most recent John Young signing held there last week. A John Young White Space Suit NASA Litho signed in Black Sharpie. This is one of those Holy Grails of collecting Astronaut autographs. There is a collector's niche of having all the Moonwalkers autographs on their individual NASA WSS Lithos. This is one of the two hardest to get. The most difficult is the Jim Irwin WSS, which I do not have. Neil Armstrongs are certainly coveted too, but Neil signed a lot of the WSS lithos over the years. This John Young signed lithograph is a major addition that I am very pleased with.
 
December 1st, 2006 brings the addition of a Donn Eisele ISP BS Litho I picked up from the Fall 2006 Aurora Auction. This fills a gap in my goal of completing my collection of M-G-A signatures. (Mercury-Gemini-Apollo) All I need now are Gus Grissom and Jack Swigert. Then I just need to add an Ed White portrait to complete the collection in portraits.
 
November 1st, 2006 additions include additional signatures on two lifting body photographs and a new cover flown aboard the X-43A's B-52 mothership, also known as, "Balls 8.".
 
August 20th, 2006 I added a D-558-1 in flight signed by Marion Carl. I snuck it onto the D-558-2 page since Marion also flew the D-558-2. Many of the D-558-2 pilots also flew the D-558-1.
 
August 8th's update is the addition of George Cooper to this X-4 picture. George has retired to the role of winemaker these days up in Northern California. Talk about the best of both worlds!
 
July 30th, 2006 I added Harrison Schmitt's new book, "Return to the Moon." I also updated an X-24a picture that John Manke has signed.
 
On July 6th, 2006 I added this copy of, "Wildcats to Tomcats the Tailhook Navy."
 
Added June 19th, 2006 is an Apollo 9 crew pic. I have been carrying this around to different events over the past two years. It was just completed courtesy of Kim Poor at the latest Novaspace signing session with Jim McDivitt.
 
Added on March 6th, 2006 is a 1954 copy of Tony LeVier's book, "Pilot." Tony was the first person to fly the U-2. Tony's book was published before his first U-2 flight. This copy didn't have a DJ. Sometimes you have to take what you can find... I did some fancy work in Photoshop and inserted the title page into the cloth cover to make it more interesting than just looking at a black cloth cover.
 
Added on February 6th, 2006 are two aviation books including Milt Thompson's book. Milt's book was published in April 1992. This copy is from the library of Laurence K. Loftin, the former Director of Aeronautics for NASA Langley Research Center. This copy was signed in July of 1992.
 
Also added is George Gay's book, "Sole Survivor."
 
Finally added on January 8th, 2006.... A copy of Alan Bean's "Reaching for the Stars" with the added signatures of Dave Scott, Jack Schmitt, Mike Collins, John Young, Frank Borman and Gene Cernan.
 
Please click on any image below and you will be taken directly to the appropriate webpage.

Update January 22, 2008
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Update January 22, 2008
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Update January 22, 2008
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Update January 22, 2008
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Update January 11, 2008
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Update January 11, 2008
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Update November 24, 2007
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A pair of flown covers from the X-43A program

Update November 24, 2007
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A flown flag from the X-43A test program

Update November 24, 2007
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An interesting classic photo of Jim McDivitt.

Update August 27, 2007
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Added 17 signatures since last update.

Updated April 24, 2007
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Update April 24, 2007
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Update April 19, 2007
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Apollo 13 Recovery Cover courtesy of the Spring 2007 Superior Auction

Update April 19, 2007
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Apollo 15 VIP Cover courtesy of the Spring 2007 Superior Auction

Update January 29, 2007
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Senator Glenn has kindly signed this book for me.

Update January 29, 2007
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Update January 22, 2007
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A John Young White Space Suit NASA Litho

Update December 1, 2006
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Donn Eisele ISP BS Litho courtesy of the Fall 2006 Aurora Auction

Update November 1, 2006
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Cover flown aboard X-43A B-52 drop plane

Update November 1, 2006
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Don Mallick has kindly added his signature.

Update November 1, 2006
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Tom McMurtry and Bill Dana have kindly signed this picture.

Update August 20, 2006
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Signed by Marion Carl

Update August 8, 2006
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George Cooper has kindly signed this X-4 picture.

Update July 30, 2006
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Update July 30, 2006
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Update July 30th , 2006
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John Manke has kindly added his signature.

Updated July 6, 2006.
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Updated July 6, 2006.
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Update June 19, 2006
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Update March 6, 2006
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Update March 6, 2006
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Update February 6, 2006
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Update February 6, 2006
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Update February 6, 2006
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Update February 6, 2006
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Update January 8, 2006.
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Reaching for the Stars... multiple signatures added.

Update January 8, 2006.
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Gene Cernan posing with Reaching for the Stars #590/1,500.

Update November 19, 2005
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Bill Dana kindly added his signature to this picture

Update November 19, 2005
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Bill Dana and Stan Butchart have kindly signed this photo

Update November 19, 2005
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Bill Dana kindly signed this photo

Update November 19, 2005
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Bill Dana kindly signed this photo

 
 
 
 
Six pilots signed this picture at the 2005 Gathering of Eagles in Lancaster. Included were the 5 inductees; Louis Setter, Harry Andonian, Bob Riedenauer, Tom McMurtry and Don Sorlie plus Jimmy Doolittle III.
 
One enthusiastic foundation supporter shocked me when he offered to buy it and let me name my price at the end of the GOE ceremonies in 2005. I have never been put in a situation like that before and my emotions became very strong. I realized at that moment what this piece means to me personally. These are all people I have met in person, and none has ever asked me for a penny to sign it. It represents all the great pilots I have had the privilage to meet these past few years. It is a snapshot of my life. I respectfully declined his gracious offer.

Update October 22, 2005
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Six new signatures were added at the 2005 Gathering of Eagles.

Update October 22, 2005
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Kindly signed by L. Setter, H. Andonian, B. Riedenauer, T. McMurtry and D. Sorlie

Update October 22, 2005
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Kindly signed by L. Setter, H. Andonian, B. Riedenauer, T. McMurtry and D. Sorlie

Update September 25, 2005
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Ed Schneider has kindly signed this piece

Update September 25, 2005
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Ed Schneider added his signature to this multi-signed piece

Update September 25, 2005
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Tacit Blue's first flight pilot Dick Thomas has kindly added his signature

Update September 25, 2005
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Jack Allavie has kindly added his signature to this piece

Six pilots at the 2005 Lancaster Aerospace Walk of Fame kindly signed this copy of Mike Machat's, "The Golden Age of Test Flight." Many thanks to Jack Allavie, Wilbert Pearson, Ed Schneider, Dick Thomas, Mike Melvill and Brian Binnie.

Update September 26, 2005
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Six new signatures have been added at the 2005 Aerospace Walk of Honor

Update September 18, 2005
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Frank Borman signed and wrote "The Good Earth" via the recent Novaspace signing

Update September 16, 2005
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Multi-signed GT-6a/GT-7 rendezvous piece completed by Borman via Novaspace

Update September 16, 2005
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A flown cover picked up via Astro-Auction

Update August 29, 2005
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Donald Sorlie has kindly added his signature

Update August 29, 2005
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Donald Sorlie has kindly added his signature

Update August 16, 2005
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Alexei created all of the illustrations.

Update August 16, 2005
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This book was signed by Alexei in person at the Secaucus UACC show.

Update August 16, 2005
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I added the US version of this book to contrast the UK edition.

Update August 16, 2005
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The cover and inside cover are different. The size and page count also differ slightly.