Limited Edition Apollo 7 Patch
and tribute to Apollo 1
APOLLO VII: The Flight of
Ed and Roger were killed in the fire on Pad 34, the Apollo 1
backup crew of Wally, Donn and I, inherited the mission.
NASA focused on recovering from the fire and getting back on
schedule with Apollo VII. Our original patch concept was to
depict a Saturn 1B rising from the ashes of its predecessor,
like the mythical bird, Phoenix. Al Steven's, of North
American Rockwell, gave us a couple of nice sketches of the
discouraged us from using the Phoenix analogy, Wally asked
me to give Stevens a new idea.
discussion with Donn Eisele, I focused on the earth orbital
nature of our mission and sketched out the round Earth with
our command module passing over it in an inclined elliptical
orbit. From my sketches, Al Stevens did the final artwork
and Wally approved the final design.
years I wondered what it would have been like had we been
able to use our original concept. Apollo VII, rising from
the ashes of the Apollo 1 fire that claimed the lives of
three friends, was NASA's first "Return to Flight.". This
“Flight of the Phoenix” placed America firmly on the path to
"land a man on the Moon and return him safely to Earth in
commemorative design beautifully illustrates that
accomplishment. Our Apollo spacecraft, sitting atop the
Saturn 1B, rising from the fire on Pad 34, is emulating the
Phoenix and its renewed life. The flames are represented by
the Phoenix spreading her wings to take flight. In tribute
to the Apollo I crew, we borrowed the illustration of their
spacecraft from their mission patch, pointing toward the
Moon. The six stars represent Gus, Ed and Roger along with
our crew of Wally, Donn and I. Trimmed in red, white and
blue; it pays tribute to our country for daring to dream the
Limited Edition of 250!
patches are numbered and come with a beautifully descriptive
Mr. Cunningham will be glad to autograph the back of the
less than his normal signing fee. No patches will be offered
at any of his public appearances. They are only available
through this web site.
All patches are hallmarked to prevent unauthorized
duplication and to prove authenticity.
artwork by Tim Gagnon.
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