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Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-13-2012 11:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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'Final Mission' patch to fly on space shuttle museum delivery flights

It may not be heading back into space and its crew members aren't astronauts, but space shuttle Discovery's final flight has its own mission patch.

The emblem, which was shared with collectSPACE.com, was designed by the captain of the modified Boeing 747 that will fly Discovery to Washington, D.C. next week. It will also also serve as the official insignia for the similar deliveries of orbiters Enterprise and Endeavour later this month and year, respectively.

"We do have a crew patch for this series of missions," Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) chief pilot Jeff Moultrie told collectSPACE. "There's an approved NASA patch that we are going to be using for all three shuttle ferries."

Gonzo
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posted 04-13-2012 12:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And we can get these patches, where?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-13-2012 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No word yet, but I suspect eventually this patch may become available through AB Emblem as it is NASA's official patch for the ferry flights.

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posted 04-13-2012 06:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A nice compliment to the other set of three SCA patches.

p51
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posted 04-13-2012 08:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
I suspect eventually this patch may become available through AB Emblem
I sure hope that turns out to be the case.

Apollo 8
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posted 04-14-2012 04:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo 8   Click Here to Email Apollo 8     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mach3valkyrie:
A nice compliment to the other set of three SCA patches.
A nice collection together with the three, the Shuttle Carriers of America Patch and MaxQs Final Flight Patches!

And I hope too, we can buy them from AB Emblems...

OV-105
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posted 04-14-2012 01:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Give two weeks a month at max and it will be on eBay just like the shuttle end of program patches that were voted on.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-24-2012 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
AB Emblem will be producing and selling through its retailers the "Final Mission" Shuttle Carrier Aircraft ferry flight patch.
We are pleased to announce we will be offering for stock The Final Mission — NASA SCA emblem developed for the shuttle carrier aircraft which delivered Discovery to Washington, DC and will also deliver Enterprise and Endeavor to their final locations.
The patches that were flown on board Discovery's final ferry flight and which will be on board for Enterprise's delivery were also produced by AB Emblem.

p51
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posted 04-26-2012 03:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
AB has them up for sale now. I ordered mine a little bit ago.

Gonzo
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posted 04-26-2012 03:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just ordered mine!

Apollo 8
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posted 04-27-2012 03:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo 8   Click Here to Email Apollo 8     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm going to order mine now! They are sold for a fair price. Is there a limited number of patches?

mikelynaugh
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posted 04-27-2012 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikelynaugh   Click Here to Email mikelynaugh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just picked up mine (along with a few others I have wanted for a while and never pulled the trigger). Thanks for posting that they were available!

Gonzo
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posted 04-27-2012 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike, noticed you are from Akron, Ohio. Did you order yours or did you actually buy them somewhere? If so, where? Just curious.

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posted 04-30-2012 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a heads-up to everyone who ordered one of these: I spoke with a gentleman at AB Emblem this morning (regarding a different item), and he mentioned that they'd been "inundated" with orders for the "Final Mission" patches and are now running 2-3 weeks behind in production and order fulfillment.

So if you've recently ordered the patch from AB and haven't yet received it ...patience.

mikelynaugh
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posted 04-30-2012 12:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikelynaugh   Click Here to Email mikelynaugh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Gonzo:
Did you order yours or did you actually buy them somewhere? If so, where?
I am sorry for my phrasing, I meant I ordered one from their site.

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posted 05-09-2012 12:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you are looking to obtain this patch, be aware that the knockoff artists in Malaysia have apparently already produced a poor copy of it.

You'll have to wait 15-20 days for shipping, but hey, what do you expect for $5.99?

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posted 05-10-2012 03:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo 8   Click Here to Email Apollo 8     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The original AB Emblem patch is available now at Joe Fricano's Skyforce Patches for $5.75 USD+free shipping.

Gonzo
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posted 05-11-2012 05:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by GoesTo11:
"Final Mission" patches and are now running 2-3 weeks behind in production and order fulfillment.
Talked to AB Tuesday. My order was going out in the mail that afternoon. Should get it today. Will post if I do. So it looks like they've caught up to some extent anyway on the production.

Joe has them as well. So that leads me to believe they've shipped him some too.

GoesTo11
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posted 05-11-2012 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
AB confirmed that my order is shipping today as well.

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posted 05-15-2012 06:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got my patches today, very NICE! Made in the USA.

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posted 05-15-2012 08:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received my patches from AB as well. I found that there is one subtle difference between the second run of patches and the originals. The gold colored thread comprising the aircraft and around the edge is a slightly brighter, more yellow shade in the new patches.

In this photo, the patch on the left is an original flown on the SCA. On the right is the just released patch. Not great contrast in this pic, but it is quite noticeable in person. A very minor variation but it does differentiate the two.

Every other detail in the new patches are identical, and these are a very high quality production of a fantastic design.

J Blackburn
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posted 05-16-2012 04:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for J Blackburn   Click Here to Email J Blackburn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received mine today. These are really nice looking patches. I like the size of the patch too. It is a slightly larger than standard 4 inch patches, however in my opinion it is the right size for the artwork on the patch.

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posted 05-17-2012 07:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received mine today as well...I can only echo others' opinions here. A very attractive design, superbly rendered.

Though of course, as with pretty much anything related to this, the appreciation comes with a slight sense of melancholy.

p51
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posted 03-11-2013 01:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone else noticed the different versions of these now out that have the T-38s deleted and "Shuttle transition and retirement" across the top instead of 'NASA SCA"?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-11-2013 01:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
See: NASA's Shuttle Transition and Retirement patch

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