Enterprise, the first Space Shuttle Orbiter, was originally to be named Constitution (in honor of the U.S. Constitution's Bicentennial). However, viewers of the popular TV Science Fiction show [i]Star Trek[/i] mounted an impressive and successful write-in campaign urging the White House to select the name Enterprise. Designated, OV-101, the vehicle was rolled out of Rockwell's Air Force Plant 42, Site 1 Palmdale California assembly facility on September 17, 1976.
From 1977 until 1985, when it was ferried from the Kennedy Space Center to Dulles Airport, Washington, D.C., and became the property of the Smithsonian Institution, Enterprise served in various capacities as a test vehicle. Most notably were the Approach and Landing Test Program at Edwards Air Force Base, vertical ground vibration tests in Alabama and fit checks at launch pads in Florida and California. Enterprise is currently on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center.
Bill Coukoulis, Jr. of Space Emblem Art in California and I, Tim Gagnon, portrait and graphic artist from Florida have teamed to create the:
[b]Enterprise 30th Anniversary Commemorative Patch[/b]
The patch is a 4" diameter round design that highlights the significant contribution that Enterprise made to the Space Shuttle Program. Views of the orbiter lifting off of the NASA 747, Landing with the tailcone attached illustrate the Approach and Landing Test Program flown by the two crews of Fred Haise and Gordon Fullerton as well as Joe Engle and Richard Truly. The two shuttle stacks illustrate the vertical vibration tests in Alabama as well as the launch pad fit tests performed at KSC in Florida and Vandenburg AFB in California. In the border is the name Enterprise and 30th Anniversary in metallic gold thread. The "Bicentennial Star" and date of 1976 represent Enterprise being introduced to the world while the white star and 2006 represent the anniversary year.
We are accepting "pre-orders" at this time. The patch will be $5.00 each plus S&H. We're working to determine that (USPS priority mail). If there is enough interest to justify the expense of having this patch made, then we will proceed. If not then checks will be returned. If you are interested in purchasing this commemorative patch, please email either Bill at [EMAIL]HBill@accessbee.com[/EMAIL] or Tim at [EMAIL]KSCartist@aol.com[/EMAIL]. We will respond with an order form to be completed and returned with payment.