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Robert Pearlman

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posted 09-09-2019 10:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While reading about the Apollo 12 crew's AstroVettes (for this article), I came across an October 1968 letter written by Alan Bean to automotive designer Alex Tremulis, in which Bean shares:
I don't have a rough sketch of our patch design at this time, but it will be six inches tall and have the shape of the spearhead in a vertical position.
No more details about the patch are included, though Tremulis appears to have incorporated what Bean said into his designs for the AstroVettes (source).

The shape does not match the circular patch designed by Vic Craft that became the official Apollo 12 mission emblem, nor does it match the shield-shaped insignia sketched by Al Stevens.

Has the spearhead design been seen? Are more details about this early patch concept known?


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posted 09-09-2019 10:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Inquiring minds want to know.

I hope someone has a sketch of the "Spear-Head" patch. Although it's unlikely if it hasn't surfaced after all this time.


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posted 09-09-2019 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I read the description of a “spearhead” shape, I immediately pictured the Gemini 11 patch of Conrad and Gordon. Maybe there is some connection to that patch theme and what Conrad might have had in mind for 12?

It would have been interesting to have Conrad and Gordon wearing two spearhead-shaped patches around town...and a six inch tall one at that. Weren’t the GT-11 backup crews’ patches oversized?

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