See Jr., Elliot M.
Member of 2nd US astronaut group, scheduled Gemini 9 command pilot, killed in 1966 accident
Autograph ID: 3164
Condition: Very good, trivial lower left corner bend
Description: “(1927-1966) US astronaut selected in 2nd group of astronauts. US Merchant Marine Academy ’49, worked for General Electric before and after serving as a naval aviator 1953-56. Acted as backup pilot for Gemini 5 and was in line for Gemini 8 Prime Crew Pilot but promoted to be command pilot of Gemini 9. He and pilot Charles Bassett were killed when their T-38 Talon crashed at Lambert Field in St. Louis before Gemini 9 flew.
Scarce ISP, 10 x 8 color NASA flat finish bust portrait in suit & tie, wearing NASA astronaut lapel pin, part of NASA emblem on wall over his left shoulder. Inscribed with sentiment, stamped identification on verso.”