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micropooz
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posted 06-23-2013 06:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Cover of the Week, Week 219 (June 23, 2013)

Space Cover #219: Fifty Years of Women in Space

Fifty years ago last week (Okay, for you cynics – better late than never! ), Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to fly in space. Launching on June 16, 1963 aboard Vostok 6, she spent three days in orbit on a tandem flight with Vostok 5, landing on June 19.

The cover above is a June 22. 1963, Moscow postmarked first-day-of-issue for USSR stamps Sc #2750 – 2752 that were issued to commemorate the tandem Vostok 5/6 flight. Tereshkova graciously signed the cover for me at an autograph show in New Jersey in 2005.

Who else has some neat Tereshkova/Vostok 6 covers? Maybe some of the "club cachets" for her flight (that's a whole story in itself!)? Or other neat covers that tie-in to women in space? Let's post 'em here! And if you need someone to host your cover image for posting, please send it to me in an email. Glad to do it!

stevedd841
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posted 06-23-2013 09:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stevedd841   Click Here to Email stevedd841     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great space cover of the week for this week, Dennis. Thought it might be interesting to see another set of USSR stamps on cover issued for the successful tandem spaceflight of Valerie Bykovsky in Vostok 5, and Valentina Tereshkova in Vostok 6, and also, the first woman in space.

albatron
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posted 06-24-2013 07:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a wonderful pair of covers! Here's my contribution. Not only Ms. Tereshkova, but also Eileen Collins, Jerri Cobb and some women aviation firsts.

micropooz
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posted 06-24-2013 07:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Outstanding cover Al!

So, please tell us about the other signatures, Al! Looks like some amazing firsts, from the ones I recognize...

albatron
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posted 06-26-2013 09:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sure:
  • Valentina Tereshkova
  • Eileen Collins
  • Jerrie Cobb (Mercury 13)
  • Betty Skelton (many aviation female firsts)
  • Nicole Malachowski (1st female Thunderbird)
  • Marta Bohn-Meyer (FTE at Dryden 1st Mach 3 female)

albatron
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posted 06-26-2013 09:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oops, I missed Jeana Yeager - first woman to fly nonstop around the world (with Dick Rutan).

onesmallstep
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posted 06-26-2013 11:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sadly, Ms. Skelton and Ms. Bohn-Meyer are no longer with us: Betty Erde (nee Skelton) died in 2011, and also held land-speed records in addition to aerobatic championships. Interestingly, she underwent the same battery of tests as the Mercury 7 and they were so impressed with her skills that they made her an honorary member of the 'Mercury 7 1/2'. She had no illusions about women being chosen at that time (1959), which was well before Jerrie Cobb and the others in the 'Mercury 13' group underwent their tests.

Marta Bohn-Meyer was the first female crewmember in an SR-71, where she achieved her Mach 3 flights. At her death in 2005 due to an aerobatic plane accident, she was Chief Engineer at NASA Dryden - the same post occupied at one time by X-15 pilot Milton Thompson.

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