Offering Aviation History & Adventure First-Hand!
Check-Six has joined up with Countdown Creations to offer some very unique collectibles from both the U.S. and Russian space programs. Below are just a few of the selections we are offering...
Apollo Two-Piece Flight Suit - Adult
Our exclusive Apollo Two-Piece Flight Suits are wearable replicas of the clothing worn by NASA's astronauts on their way to and from the Moon. Instead of wearing their bulky spacesuits, these in-flight coverall garments or ICGs, allowed for greater comfort inside the Apollo spacecraft. Now you can dress the part of an Apollo astronaut! Made of machine-washable, heavyweight polycotton twill, our adult suits are available in four sizes. These suits sport many cool features such as multiple pockets to storing gear, NASA patches for Apollo 11 mission (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins), and an optional custom name tag. Detailed for historical accuracy, these suits make a great astronaut costume for Halloween, teacher projects or collector displays.
Project Mercury Framed Cachet
John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth on February 20, 1962 during his Mercury 6 mission. This limited-edition cachet (first-day cover) features the Project Mercury stamp that honored Glenn's historic flight. Placed on sale the exact hour his mission was completed, it marked the first time that an unannounced commemorative was simultaneously issued with the event it honored. The cover was postmarked from Cape Canaveral at 3:30 PM, February 20, 1962.
Naval Aviation in Space Print
This limited edition of a watercolor collage by artist/naval aviator R.L. Rasmussen illustrates scenes from all phases of the U.S. manned space program (Mercury through Space Shuttle). The original autographs of nine astronauts (Naval aviators) appear at the bottom of the print. These are a unique mixture of heroes from the space program, and many of these signatures are rare (like Neil Armstrong). The nine astronauts were part of a symposium held at the Naval Aviation museum in 1989. Rasmussen, curator and museum artist, published this edition as a fundraiser for the museum. The signers are Neil Armstrong (Gemini 8 and Apollo 11), Gene Cernan (Gemini 9, Apollo 10, and Apollo 17), John Glenn (Mercury 6 and Shuttle flight STS-95), Alan Shepard (Mercury 3 and Apollo 14), Charles "Pete" Conrad (Gemini 5, Gemini 11, Apollo 12, and Skylab 1), James Lovell (Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8, and Apollo 13), Wally Schirra (Mercury 8, Gemini 6, and Apollo 7), Jack Lousma (Skylab 2 and STS-3), and Rick Hauck (STS-7, STS-51A, and STS-26). This print is the only commercially-available item with the signatures of Armstrong, Glenn, and Shepard on one document. It includes the first and last men to walk on the Moon, four moonwalkers in all!
John Glenn Mercury Frame Set
John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth on February 20, 1962 during his Mercury 6 mission. This frame set includes the limited-edition cachet (first-day cover), which features the Project Mercury stamp that honored Glenn's historic flight. Placed on sale the exact hour his mission was completed, it marked the first time that an unannounced commemorative was simultaneously issued with the event it honored. The cover was postmarked from Cape Canaveral at 3:30 PM, February 20, 1962. The frame set also includes Mercury-era photos of John Glenn, a special commemorative Mercury Program pin, a USA flag patch, and the official patch from the Mercury 6 mission.
Mercury 7 Print
This is a limited-edition print (1500 total) of a painting by George Bishop, which was published to inaugurate and finance the Mercury Seven Foundation, a non-profit national scholarship fund founded by the Mercury astronauts. Each print is hand signed by the astronauts and sequentially numbered. The print has been hand signed by six of the seven Mercury astronauts... Alan Shepard, Wally Schirra, John Glenn, Deke Slayton, Gordon Cooper, and Scott Carpenter. Betty Grissom signed for her husband Gus Grissom (who died in 1967 in the tragic Apollo 1 fire) to complete the set. The astronauts all signed in pencil by their respective mission patches. Deke Slayton signed above the NASA logo in the center.
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