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Experimental Research Test Pilots
(PART 2)



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Specific Notes for the autographed covers on this pricelist

  • All covers on this list are genuine unless otherwise noted.
  • Two important abbreviations that I frequently use in the descriptions below are NACA which stands for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, which became NASA in 1958, and that stands for 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
PILOT022017A$15.0009/30/1996E
ALFRED LEMONT "AL" ATWELL. Early experimental research test pilot. Autographed and inscribed: "Al Atwell, Aerospace Research Test Pilot", with a Edwards CA special space pictorial hand cancel that shows a drawing of the Bell X-1 supersonic aircraft and a large "50", and text: "Dryden Flight Research Center, 1946 - 1996, 50th Anniversary Station" on 32 cent flag stamp. With a multicolored printed cachet (unidentified) showing the same design as the pictorial cancel. (Cover comes with special printed insert card that details the Dryden Flight Research Center). IMAGE

PILOT022025A$15.0006/11/1982UN
CHARLES C. BOCK, JR. Early experimental research test pilot. Autographed and inscribed: "Charles C. Bock, Jr., USAF Test Pilot", on a 20 cent United Nations Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space stamp (#373) first day cover that shows the UN emblem and an olive branch in space. Cover has UN NY first day of issue pictorial hand cancel that shows stylized doves circling the Earth, with a red and blue UN-SM-3 printed cachet that shows a drawing of an astronaut and a rocket launch with the Earth and Moon in the background and printed text: "Peaceful Uses of Outer Space". (In the 1950's Bock was a USAF test pilot assigned to test the two B-52 launch aircraft when they were modified to carry the X-15 research aircraft. Bock helped study and develop flight techniques needed to fly the launch aircraft with these modifications. Bock was chief test pilot for the B-1 bomber and made the first flight in this aircraft Dec. 23, 1974). IMAGE

PILOT022037D$35.0005/21/1981K
SCOTT CROSSFIELD. Early experimental test pilot for the X-15 aircraft and other aircraft. Autographed & inscribed: "Scott Crossfield, X-15 Project Pilot", a first day cover with a of large bulls eye hand cancel from Kennedy Space Center FL on a pair of 18 cent space shuttle stamps, showing the launch and the landing, with moon in the background (#1917-1918). With a blue FMF Printed Cachet showing the space shuttle launching a satellite from its cargo bay, with printed text: "America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind". (Crossfield worked at the High Speed Flight Research Station, Edwards, Calif., as a research pilot in June 1950. During the next five years he flew the X-1, X-4, X-5, X-15, XF-92A, and D-558-I and -II aircraft, accumulating 87 rocket flights in the X-1 and D-558-II aircraft, plus 12 flights in the latter aircraft employing only jet power). IMAGE

PILOT022067E$50.0006/15/1977E
FITZ FULTON, DON MALLICK & VIC HORTON. Early experimental test pilots & crew testing for the Space Shuttle. Autographed: "Fitz Fulton, Don Mallick, Vic Horton", cover is a airmail red and blue border envelope for a Shuttle Related Test Flight from Edwards CA on a 13 cent flag stamp. With a black mimeographed typed word cachet that reads: "Flight Test -3 (DTV-3), Crew- Fitz Fulton, Don Mallick, Vic Horton. Solid Rocket Booster for Space Shuttle, Dropped at El Centro, Calif", plus purple Boudwin rubber stamp cachet (unidentified) showing Boudwin's generic B-52 aircraft cachet & text: "B-52 Shuttle Related Test Flight, NASA Flight Research Center Edwards A.F.B. California". (Fulton and Mallick were chief test pilots at NASA Dryden Flight Research Facility where they tested many of the early experimental test aircraft; Horton was a flight test engineer, now deceased). IMAGE

PILOT022077A$12.5001/05/1968 
JOHN H. GRIFFITH. Early experimental research test pilot for the X-1 and other aircraft. Autographed and inscribed: "John H. Griffith, NACA Research Pilot", on a "Fifty Stars Runway" 10 cent airmail booklet pane single stamp (#C72b) first day cover. Cover has San Franciso CA first day of issue machine cancel, with a black Artcraft Printed Cachet for this stamp commemorating Air Mail's Golden Anniversary Year, showng an eagle carrying letters with his feet. (Griffith flew as a Test Pilot for NACA, on the X-1, X-4, experimental test aircraft, as well as the Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak, which was a high-speed jet-powered aircraft designed to investigate the aerodynamic effects of flight at transonic speeds and the much more advanced and capable D-558-2 Skyrocket aircraft). IMAGE

PILOT022083A$12.5011/16/1973 
RICHARD J. HARER, Early experimental research test pilot for the X-1 aircraft. Autographed and inscribed where he spells out his name: "R.J. Harer, Richard J. Harer, USAF Test Pilot, X-1B Flight 4 Nov. 1954", on a "Winged Airmail Envelope" 13 cent airmail single stamp (C79) first day cover. Cover has New York NY first day of issue machine cancel, with a multicolored Fleetwood Printed Cachet for this stamp commemorating the new 13 cent airmail postal rate, showing a pioneer airmail aircraft, the Curtiss JNH-4 "Jenny". IMAGE

PILOT022083B$12.5001/05/1968 
RICHARD J. HARER. Early experimental research test pilot for the X-1 aircraft. Autographed and inscribed where he spells out his name: "R.J. Harer, Richard J. Harer, USAF Test Pilot, X-1B Flight 4 Nov. 1954", on a "Fifty Stars Runway" 10 cent airmail coil single stamp (#C73) first day cover. Cover has San Franciso CA first day of issue machine cancel, with a black Artcraft Printed Cachet for this stamp commemorating Air Mail's Golden Anniversary Year, showng a control tower scene and airplane carrying the mail. IMAGE

PILOT022085A$15.0006/11/1982UN
PETER C. HOAG. Early experimental research test pilot Autographed and inscribed: "P.C. Hoag, HL-10 Lifting Body Pilot", on a 20 cent United Nations Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space stamp (#373) first day cover that shows the UN emblem and an olive branch in space. Cover has UN NY first day of issue pictorial hand cancel that shows stylized doves circling the Earth, with a red and blue UN-SM-3 printed cachet that shows a drawing of an astronaut and a rocket launch with the Earth and Moon in the background and printed text: "Peaceful Uses of Outer Space". (On 18 February 1970 Air Force test pilot Maj. Peter C. Hoag reached mach 1.86 [2072 kilometers per hour], in the HL-10, the fastest lifting body flight ever made). IMAGE

PILOT022115E$25.0010/14/1984 
WILLIAM J. KNIGHT (deceased). Early experimental test pilot for the X-15 aircraft and other aircraft. Autographed & inscribed: "William J. Knight, Col, USAF", a space pictorial hand cancelled cover from Dearborn Heights MI, Wolverine Stamp Club Station on a 20 cent flag stamp, Cancel shows the X-15 and the Space Shuttle emblem, with text reading: "25th Anniversary X-15 to Space Shuttle, United States Manned Space Craft Accomplishments". With a blue FMF Printed Cachet showing three U.S. stamps: Gemini Space Walk, Palomar Observatory and Apollo 8, with printed text: "America's Space Program Benefits All Mankind". (Knight was a research test pilot for the X-15 aircraft and other aircraft. Knight test flew the F-100, F- 101, F-104 and the F-5 aircraft. In addition, he was one of six pilots selected for the X-20 Dyna-Soar project; a program that would have been the forerunner of the space shuttle vehicle He died May 07, 2004). IMAGE

PILOT022140A$20.0005/14/1974H
F. GREGORY NEUBECK. Early experimental test pilot chosen to be a pilot in the USAF Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) program. Autographed & inscribed: "F. Gregory Neubeck, Capt USAF" on a card, which has a first day of issue slogan hand cancel of Houston TX on a 10 cent Skylab orbiting space station stamp (#1529). No cachet on this card. NOTE: This item is a card.. (Neubeck, a test pilot, was selected in 1963 as a Military Astronaut - Class-3, later selected as a MOL pilot in 1965, when the MOL program was cancelled in 1969 he became Vice Commander, Tactical Air Warfare Center, Eglin AFB, Florida). IMAGE

PILOT022140B$25.0004/23/1977 
F. GREGORY NEUBECK. Early experimental test pilot chosen to be a pilot in the USAF Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) program. Autographed & inscribed: "F. Gregory Neubeck, USAF/MOL", cover has a pictorial hand cancel Park Forest IL, Parforex Station which shows a space shuttle riding piggyback atop a Boeing 747 aircraft with text: "Orbiter 101- Project, Space Shuttle Roll out". With a 2 color Parforex XVII Printed Cachet showing a space shuttle flying over the Boeing 747 aircraft, with text: "Parforex XVII salutes Project Space Shuttle 'The Enterprise'. Orbiter 101 - 'Flagship of the New Era of Space Transportation'. Space Unit, ATA APS". (Neubeck, a test pilot, was selected in 1963 as a Military Astronaut - Class-3, later selected as a MOL pilot in 1965, when the MOL program was cancelled in 1969 he became Vice Commander, Tactical Air Warfare Center, Eglin AFB, Florida). IMAGE

PILOT022140C$25.0003/26/1977 
F. GREGORY NEUBECK. Early experimental test pilot chosen to be in the USAF Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) program. Autographed & inscribed: "F. Gregory Neubeck, USAF/MOL", cover has a pictorial hand cancel Columbus OH Colopex 77 (station) showing a Mercury space capsule orbiting Earth, with text: "15th Anniversary, Orbital Flight, Friendship 7, Project Mercury" on 10 cent Skylab space stamp (#1529). With a blue Columbus Philatelic Club Printed Cachet of a space shuttle in flight, with text: "Colopex 77. Space Shuttle, Partly fabricated in Columbus Ohio by Rockwell International for NASA". Cachet also shows a small logo of Rockwell International. (Neubeck, a test pilot, was selected in 1963 as a Military Astronaut - Class-3, later selected as a MOL pilot in 1965; when the MOL program was cancelled in 1969 he became Vice Commander,Tactical Air Warfare Center, Eglin AFB, Florida). IMAGE

PILOT022161A$15.0009/30/1996E
ROBERT K. PARSONS. Early experimental research test pilot Autographed and inscribed: "Robert K. Parsons, USAF Aerospace Research Test Pilot", with a Edwards CA special space pictorial hand cancel that shows a drawing of the Bell X-1 supersonic aircraft and a large "50", and text: "Dryden Flight Research Center, 1946 - 1996, 50th Anniversary Station" on 32 cent flag stamp. With a multicolored printed cachet (unidentified) showing the same design as the pictorial cancel. (Cover comes with special printed insert card that details the Dryden Flight Research Center). (Parsons was also a test pilot for the F-104A North American Eagle, which was a chase plane for the X-15 supersonic aircraft). IMAGE

PILOT022165A$15.0004/12/1981E
CECIL W. POWELL. Experimental research test pilot for the lifting body aircraft: X-24 and M2-F3 and other aircraft. Autographed and inscribed: "Cec Powell, Lifting Body Test Pilot", on a STS-1 launch commemorative cover, with a Space Shuttle pictorial Edwards CA. machine cancel showing the Space Shuttle Emblem and wording: "For Benefits of Earth, NASA" on a "B" imprinted postal stationery envelope, and a two color rubber stamp cachet (unidentified) showing a space shuttle launch and text that reads: "STS-1 Space Shuttle Mission". IMAGE

PILOT022196A$15.0006/11/1982UN
DONALD M. SORLIE. Early experimental research test pilot. Autographed and inscribed: "Donald M. Sorlie, Col. USAF (Ret.), M2-F1 & M2-F2 Test Pilot", on a 20 cent United Nations Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space stamp (#373) first day cover that shows the UN emblem and an olive branch in space. Cover has UN NY first day of issue pictorial hand cancel that shows stylized doves circling the Earth, with a red and blue UN-SM-3 printed cachet that shows a drawing of an astronaut and a rocket launch with the Earth and Moon in the background and printed text: "Peaceful Uses of Outer Space". IMAGE

PILOT022255A$10.0010/16/1978K
RAY YOUNG. Early experimental research test pilot for the YF-12 aircraft. Autographed: "Ray Young", on a Space Shuttle commemorative cover, with a Kennedy Space Center FL pictorial space shuttle machine cancel on a 15 cent space stamp, and a two color Space Voyage printed cachet that reads in part: "First Commissioning Flight, Runway 15, by Pilot Don Mallick, Flight to certify shuttle landing system of Microwave Scanning Beam Landing System". (Ray Young was the a flight engineer for the YF-12 aircraft and flew the research missions for NASA). IMAGE

DB: stats: tusd(69,16,53,0)

See related pricelist:
Autographed Covers of Experimental Research Test Pilots (Part 1)
See related pricelist (unautographed):
Experimental Test Covers, Various Flights, Various Cachets


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