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posted 03-18-2019 04:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When Deke Slayton was assigned to Mercury-Atlas-7, he decided to name the Mercury capsule Delta 7. Did he ever design an insignia to be painted on its side? Or was he removed from flight status before he reached that point?

If a design was created, does any cSer have an image of it?

astrorero
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posted 03-20-2019 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astrorero     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Retrorocket Emblems had debated on a Kickstarter for a Delta 7 emblem and Freedom 7 II emblem. As far as I know, nothing ever came of it. The emblems are pictured on their web page.

Liembo
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posted 03-20-2019 04:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The only non-anniversary type commemorative I am aware of is this one, and I do not know who produced it. It is about 3" in diameter.

Tom
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posted 03-20-2019 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm pretty sure that Freedom 7 II emblem was painted on the side of the Mercury spacecraft on display in Washington, D.C.

Skyforce1
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posted 03-20-2019 09:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skyforce1   Click Here to Email Skyforce1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Freedom 7 II" is indeed painted on the Mercury capsule at Udvar-Hazy in Chantilly, Virginia.

Liembo
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posted 03-20-2019 10:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You are correct! The artwork for the Freedom 7 II patch design was taken from that capsule artwork. The intent was to compliment the Mercury 7 patch set of capsule artwork that was already produced by someone else.

James913
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posted 03-21-2019 02:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for James913   Click Here to Email James913     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I purchased this Delta 7 fantasy patch from Randy Hunt in November 2003. He had several of these patches at that time, so I assume that he had them made up (I never saw them in multiples anywhere else).

Same design as the one above, but slightly different – a lighter Earth color, purple outline around the central 7 Delta, somewhat more detail on the capsule and small differences in the MERCURY 7 font. The one above may be a later Hunt reissue from a different manufacturer.

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