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NavySpaceFan
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posted 04-17-2010 10:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I found the company who made the Navy-style space shuttle Discovery ball caps as seen on orbit during the STS-124 and STS-131 missions.


Credit: Richard's Military Post Exchange

They are also producing a cap for shuttle Atlantis to fly with the upcoming STS-132 mission. They have them available here (131 and 132 caps coming soon).


STS-131 commander Capt. Alan Poindexter (right) and ISS commander Oleg Kotov. Credit: NASA


STS-124 commander Capt. Mark Kelly (left) and mission specialist Mike Fossum. Credit: NASA

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-21-2010 04:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

STS-132 commander Ken Ham. Credit: collectSPACE/Robert Pearlman

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-01-2011 07:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No caps were seen during STS-133 (the commander was Air Force).

According to Richard's Military Post Exchange, which provides the caps, STS-134 and STS-135 commanders ordered them, the earlier as evidenced by this photo.


STS-134 commander Mark Kelly. Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

328KF
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posted 08-09-2011 06:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was able to make it down for the launch of STS-135, and meet up with my brother who flew a satellite company exec down the night before. Ahead of the trip, I thought it would be great to order a couple of these caps for the occasion.

Well, when I got them just days before the launch I found out that the ones on the front page of their website are not the right style. The caps the crews order are the "Old Salt" style on another page of their site. I called Richard's and was pleasantly surprised when they told me they had a new batch made just that morning and it would be no problem to overnight them to me.

Totally my fault for ordering the right ones, but these guys could not have been more accomodating. I received the correct items the next day and was off to the launch with them in hand.

These are well made, great looking caps and I've received more than a few compliments while wearing mine (pretty much every day since launch day). We even took a few seconds to face my pre-set camera for a shot with Atlantis lifting off.

So I would highly recommend Richard's Military Post Exchange for these absolutely authentic souvenirs from the last shuttle missions. The fine workmanship is matched only by their unbeatable desire to please their customers.

NavySpaceFan
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posted 05-22-2012 09:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Militarygifts.com updated their shuttle ball cap selections. You can now get any of the four remaining orbiters (including Enterprise) with either the OV designation or any of the missions flown.

I just received my Discovery ball cap (with a Navy Surface Warfare Officer emblem vice the astronaut wings and OV-103) and it looks great!

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