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Autographs of
Experimental Test Pilots
on Commemorative Covers

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Specific Notes for the autographed covers on this pricelist

  • Some abbreviations frequently used on this page are:
    AU which means Autograph
    NACA which means the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, which became
    NASA which means National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

General Notes

  • All items are covers unless otherwise noted.
  • All covers are the standard U.S. #6 size (approximately 6 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches), as collected in the USA, unless otherwise noted.
  • Foreign covers may be slightly smaller in size than the standard U.S. #6 size and if so, their size will NOT be noted. Any cover larger than a number 6 size will be noted or any item of an unordinary size will be so noted.
  • All covers are unaddressed unless otherwise noted.
  • All covers are cacheted unless otherwise noted. A brief description of the cachet is given of the event being commemorated.
  • If covers are autographed they are genuine, unless otherwise noted.
  • Where stamp(s) used on the item are of significance, such as being a space stamp or a flag stamp or related to the event or location, it will be described. Otherwise the stamp(s) used on the item may be a definitive issue or an unrelated commemorative issue, and will not be described.
  • Items listed here may not be listed in any particular order.
  • Please print out the ON-LINE ORDER FORM and use it to mark down the covers you need. When ordering, please mark the LIST ID as well as ITEM ID.

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Price List

LIST IDITEM IDPRICECANCEL DATECANCEL LOC
PILOT1005A$25.0009/30/1972 
JIM ABRAHAMSON, early experimental test pilot, one of 16 chosen for the USAF Manned Orbiting Laboratory Flights. He later became the Associate Administrator For for NASA at Houston TX. AU inscribed: "Jim Abrahamson, Brig. Gen. U.S.A.F., U.S. Manned Orbiting Laboratory Flight Crew", on West Germany pictorial cancel cover from Garmish, showing a winged spacecraft, dated 09-30-72, with pictorial printed cachet showing the Skylab Space Station and a winged spacecraft. IMAGE

PILOT1135E$35.0010/27/1972 
JOHN MANKE, Early experimental test pilot for X-24 lifting body program. AU cover with First U.S. Space Pictorial Hand Cancel To Show The Space Shuttle. from (CPS) Chicago Philatelic Society Exh. Sta. 10-27-72, Chicago IL, ON Apollo 15 stamp. WIth official CPS printed cachet #2 for Project Gemini manned space program. (Value place on this cover is not only for the AU but the first Space Shuttle cancel). IMAGE

PILOT1165BQ$45.0010/07/1978 
FORREST S. PETERSEN (deceased). Early experimental test pilot for the X-15 rocket plane. Autographed & inscribed: "Forrest S. Petersen, X-15 Research Pilot, 8/58 to 1/62", on a Jules Verne 150th anniversary of birth cover. With a pictorial hand cancel of Chicago Philatelic Society Exh. Sta. Chicago IL showing a stylized rocket, on a 15 cent Flag stamp. Cachet is a 10 cent FMF Local Post imperf. single stamp + label, honoring Jules Verne, showing a rocket & a space capsule going to the Moon, which is locally tied by a "FMF Travel Local Post, first day of issue" cancel, & additional text rubber stamp that reads "150th Anniversary of Birth." (In Aug. 1958 he was assigned duties as Research Pilot in the X-15 Program & served at the NASA Flight Research Center at Edwards, California. He made 5 free flights in the X-15 rocket plane & achieved a speed of 3,600mph [Mach 5.3] & an altitude of about 102,000 feet. Petersen died on 08 Dec 1990.) IMAGE

PILOT1168A$35.0010/27/1972 
BRUCE PETERSON, Early experimental test pilot for M2/F1, M2/F2, HL-10, AU cover with First U.S. Space Pictorial Hand Cancel To Show The Space Shuttle, from (CPS) Chicago Philatelic Society Exh. Sta. 10-27-72, Chicago IL, On Apollo 15 stamp. WIth official CPS printed cahet #1 for Project Mercury manned space program. (Value placed on this cover is not only for the AU but the first Space Shuttle cancel.) IMAGE

PILOT1168B$13.0012/02/1966 
BRUCE PETERSON, Early experimental test pilot for M2/F1, M2/F2, Hl-10. AU on cover with West Germany pictorial hand cancel showing a rocket/gloder (winged spacecraft), from Bremen, dated 12-02-66. With printed cachet showing a lifting body spacecraft and word cachet in German for the M2- F2 and the special cancel. IMAGE

DB: stats: tusd(31,5,26,0)

See related pricelists:
Autographed Covers of Experimental Research Test Pilots (Part 2)
See related pricelist (unautographed):
Experimental Test Covers, Various Flights, Various Cachets


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