Jill Tallman

Going, going…. gone?

September 24, 2009 by Jill W. Tallman, Associate Editor

It was with a twinge of sadness that I read the e-mail press release that landed in my inbox this week. “Profiles In History To Sell Amelia Earhart’s Flight Goggles Worn During Her Historic 1932 Record-Breaking Solo Transatlantic Flight.” The auction company will sell Earhart’s goggles, along with a batch of other celebrity goodies, in a two-day event to be held Oct. 8 and 9. Profiles in History provided the photo you see here.

Sad? I’m not exactly sure why. I guess I hate the thought of someone purchasing the goggles and stowing them away in some vault along with his Fantastic Four Number One in mint condition. I’d love to see them go to Purdue University, or back to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, where they were on loan from 1992 to 1998. But the last time I checked my wallet (or my 401[k]), I’m a few cents short of the $100,000 opening bid.¬†¬†Also on the auction block: Gus Grissom’s Mercury flight suit, and a baseball cap worn by Neil Armstrong after splashdown and recovery from the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Oh, and a sparkly glove worn by Michael Jackson.


3 Responses to “Going, going…. gone?”

  1. Marc Says:

    Seems to me that a flight suit worn by Gus Grissom from the Mercury days ought to be US Govt property and in the Smithsonian.

  2. FAA Test Says:

    I agree with you jill.I would to love see them in some air/space Museum rather than in any auction.

  3. Jill W. Tallman Says:

    Marc, that’s a good point, and so I asked the PR firm handling the sale about that. Here’s what I was told: According to the catalogue, the Mercury flight suit was part of a personal collection belonging to former NASA Physical Conditioning Supervisor, Joe Garino, Jr. In his signed letter of authenticity, he stated that he was asked to clean out Gus Grissom’s office after his death in the cockpit fire of the command module. Deke Slayton told Garino that he could keep it.

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