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X-Plane Fan
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posted 05-04-2012 09:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for X-Plane Fan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a new a series of medallions created by the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center gift shop. The first two in the series are for the Bell X-1 and North American X-15.

These medallions contain metal taken from the actual vehicle.

The X-1 and X-15 medals are currently in production and are not yet available. There are at least six more on the current to-do list. They will be done as time and money permit and will be announced once production has begun.

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posted 05-04-2012 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow... outstanding news. Thanks for the info!

Gonzo
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posted 05-07-2012 11:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent news indeed! I'll be looking for that email if/when they do send them out!

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posted 05-07-2012 01:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for X-Plane Fan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The X-1 medal just arrived, X-15 will be show up in June.

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posted 05-07-2012 07:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great, what is the recommended way to order these?

328KF
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posted 05-08-2012 08:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I called the Dryden gift shop to order mine. You can reach them at 661-276-2113 or 661 276-2140.

Gonzo
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posted 05-08-2012 11:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What was the cost of the X-1 medal?

JLR1
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posted 05-08-2012 01:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JLR1   Click Here to Email JLR1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Medals are $10 each, plus shipping.

MichaelD
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posted 05-09-2012 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MichaelD   Click Here to Email MichaelD     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the heads up on these. The X-1 medals will start being shipped on Friday (11 May 12).

Gonzo
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posted 05-24-2012 05:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The X-15 medal is now available too (X-1 has been for a bit now). I don't know if/when they may send out emails, but they just got them in Tuesday afternoon.

Michael Clemente
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posted 05-25-2012 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Clemente   Click Here to Email Michael Clemente     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My X-1 and X-15 medals arrived today. They really look great. A great addition to anybody's collection. By the way, does anybody know what will be the next medals that will come out?

space-E
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posted 05-29-2012 07:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space-E   Click Here to Email space-E     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I ordered mine today (and agree, the folks at the other end of the phone could not have been nicer!), and was told that they had ordered 1000 of each medal, so that's the mintage for the moment. (They've sold 150 to 200 so far.)

They had no timetable for the rest. "We need to get some of the metal from the aircraft and finish the design and organize the minting — and we haven't done any of that yet." So I'm guessing it will be a while before the others are out.

Also, I asked and Winco International told me that this was a custom run for Dryden and are not available directly from them.

Thought folks would want to know, particularly about the current mintage.

PeterO
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posted 05-31-2012 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PeterO   Click Here to Email PeterO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Clemente:
By the way, does anybody know what will be the next medals that will come out?
The next two medals will be the Enterprise and the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA). The SCA medal will have metal from both aircraft in it, and the two medals will be available in about two to three months.

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posted 09-19-2012 02:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A new Dryden medal is out. The shuttle Enterprise. I was told SCA medal had a misspelling and had to be done over.

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posted 10-31-2012 06:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone know if they got the SCA medals yet?

Meademan
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posted 11-01-2012 06:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Meademan   Click Here to Email Meademan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They are due in within the next couple of weeks... max. I was told the SCA ones will be very limited availability.

mikepf
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posted 11-02-2012 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikepf   Click Here to Email mikepf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know if the X-1 medals are still available? I'm having difficulties getting a chance to call from work.

tnperri
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posted 11-02-2012 06:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are plenty of them on eBay but more expensive.

JLR1
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posted 11-14-2012 03:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JLR1   Click Here to Email JLR1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got an email from the Dryden gift shop saying the SCA and Enterprise medals are in stock.

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posted 11-14-2012 04:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes they are, ordered mine today.

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posted 02-26-2013 09:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to the gift shop, there are two more Dryden series medals coming, an X-31 and F-16XL. They are still doing all the final prep for those and will be several months.

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posted 05-21-2013 04:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The two new Dryden medals are in and will ship out next week.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-14-2014 02:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Timed with the center's renaming ceremony, Armstrong Flight Research Center released this medallion:
Dedicated May 13, 2014 — This medallion contains metal from an X-15 aircraft — Armstrong Flight Research Center — Dryden Aeronautical Test Range

(Available through the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center exchange store.)

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posted 05-14-2014 07:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I see they just redid the front of the old X-15 medal to include the new name. I wonder if they will be doing this for the others too.

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posted 05-14-2014 09:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You're working in marketing, aren't you?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-14-2014 09:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe the X-15 art was used to reduce the time (and cost) of producing the medals so that it would be ready in time for the dedication ceremony.

As Armstrong flew the X-15 at the flight research center and an X-15 large scale model was displayed as part of the ceremony, it was appropriate.

JBoe
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posted 05-14-2014 07:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The medallion will be on sale to the general public once Armstrong employees have a chance to purchase them. They are getting first dibs. The medallion will be available in a few days and cost $10.

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posted 05-14-2014 09:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_Johnson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any idea which X-15 the metal came from for this coin? Since Armstrong flew planes no. 1 and 3, it would be nice if it could be determined that the metal came from one of those two planes.

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posted 05-15-2014 03:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The medals (Armstrong dedication) are now available for the general public.

I also asked about other medals and was told there will be some with new Armstrong name added but was not told which ones. These will be several months out.

JBoe
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posted 05-15-2014 05:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim, what is your guess on reissuing the following "recent" Dryden medallions?
  • X-1
  • X-15 (switched to Armstrong)
  • X-31
  • F-16XL
  • SCA (original does not have any mention of Dryden)

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posted 05-15-2014 07:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jason, your guess is as good as mine.

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posted 05-16-2014 04:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And don't forget the Enterprise medallion.

JBoe
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posted 05-16-2014 05:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did forget that one, thanks! My opinion, I think it's a good choice with the X-15 medallion since he has history in that aircraft. Although, I don't think changing the others would be ideal since at the time of their programs it was Dryden.

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posted 05-16-2014 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe there is some confusion here, and I take responsibility for some of it.

The X-15 and Armstrong dedication medals are two separate issues. They do not use the same art.

The X-15 medal is part of the Dryden "To separate the real from the imagined through flight" series. The Armstrong dedication medal is just that, inscribed for the May 13, 2014 ceremony.

Though they both feature the X-15, they use different art.

The rocket plane on the X-15 medal is angled higher and is shown flying over the desert. Six stars are above it and "X-15" is below it.

The Armstrong medal's X-15 is flying horizontal to the ground, which is a featureless horizon. "X-15" is inscribed above the vehicle. The details on the X-15 itself are also more pronounced.

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posted 09-04-2014 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Armstrong Flight Research Center gift shop is now online.

All of their available medallions can now be ordered, including two new ones: LLRV and B-52 Mothership.

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posted 09-04-2014 03:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice. Both the medals and the new site.

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posted 09-04-2014 03:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did want to give a heads up. A friend and fellow cS member in Europe was wanting to buy some items and wanted them shipped to him. The cart has a place to select a country, but in another area they state they do not ship internationally. I confirmed with them just a couple of minutes ago that they do not ship international.

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posted 09-04-2014 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, that's too bad but these will eventually find their way to eBay and hopefully someone willing to ship overseas.

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posted 09-04-2014 07:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I talked to Armstrong Gift Shop they told me they had one order from overseas but they could not ship it. If that order came from one of the cSpace members, e-mail me. I will be glad to help out in getting it to you. I am getting an order for myself and another member in Europe.

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