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posted 03-13-2009 12:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Voyager1975   Click Here to Email Voyager1975     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have an AB Emblem NASA worm logo patch that they bought in either the 1980s or early 1990s? If so, can you share a picture?

I recently got a worm logo patch on eBay but I am not sure if it is the same as the one sold back then. I have seen a picture of the Lion Brothers worm patch, but not of an early AB Emblem version.

Kevin T. Randall

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posted 03-15-2009 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevin T. Randall   Click Here to Email Kevin T. Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did Lion Brothers make any versions of the NASA 'worm' patch?


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posted 03-15-2009 12:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Voyager1975   Click Here to Email Voyager1975     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was told by another patch collector that the NASA worm logo patch was made by Lion Brothers, but I had always thought that it was made only by AB Emblem.

Hart Sastrowardoyo

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posted 10-19-2012 04:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Always thought the white on blue NASA worm patches were neat. They show up prominently on the STS-8 crew photo.


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posted 10-21-2012 09:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The original NASA worm patches had rounded edges and a "ribbed" stitching in the white area. This is an example from Guy Bluford's in-flight shirt:

On the blue background/white NASA worm, I did some research and I think this is where they came from. The white lettering in this version is substantially larger than the standard NASA sleeve patch, and was seen on the blue flight suits up to roughly STS-8:

These do not have the rounded edges and a larger total size than the standard NASA period patch.

Not too long ago, one of the NASA suit techs/closeout crew members had some items in a Goldberg auction, which made me remember that back in the '80s, the white room guys had blue NASA worms on the back of their coveralls. Here is one of those patches from the auction:

This back patch appears to me to be the same stitching and color as the astronaut flight suit patch. I think what they did was took these larger patches, trimmed them down, and put an edging around them to apply to the flight suits.

There may have been some additional uncut patches offered in this auction or another recent one, if memory serves. Unfortunately, I was not able to locate any screen captures or still photos of the closeout crew showing these back patches, but they were quite common in those days.


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posted 10-22-2012 12:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bull_Eckert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA astronauts also wore the worm patch in its square version (no rounded edges) as seen on many portraits from 1978.

The patch appears to be fully embroidered, and the "S" in it is slightly different from the original artwork. Perhaps a partially-embroidered version was also used in those years?


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posted 03-10-2013 05:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is the patch from Dick Scobee's jacket at the Museum of Flight in Seattle:


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posted 11-22-2013 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carmelo   Click Here to Email carmelo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I liked very much the white on blue version of "NASA worm" logo. Anyone know the history of this particular version?

The first time in which was sewing on flight suits was for STS-2, right? Was an official insigna for shuttle pilots?

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posted 10-02-2015 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've just uploaded an update to the NASA Insignia page of my Crew Patches website which attempts to briefly cover the NASA "worm" logoytpe patches used for the early Shuttle program (to STS-51L).

As mentioned above there appear to be at least three embroidered versions of the design that were worn by astronauts in the early days of the program. For me the definitive design is really the one worn on the flight suits from STS-1 onwards but the white-on-blue version also needs to be mentioned along with the red on white square-cornered patch worn in some 1978 portrait photos.

I don't have any really good images of the white-on-blue patch so if anyone has an example or has better photos I could use please do send them to me. Likewise the red on white patch - there are quite a few poor versions of this around but if someone has a vintage example that really matches the 1978 version (which was itself a pretty scrappy patch) that would be great to see.


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posted 10-02-2015 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's also a gold on white version that has come up in the past. Seems like they had the same pattern as the red Lion Brothers. Not seen too often.

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