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heng44
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posted 07-06-2013 02:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

The Apollo 10 crewmembers walk across swing arm no.9 high atop the LUT at Launch Complex 39B during a safety briefing on March 27, 1969. The crew inspected the slidewire facilities and used the chute that led to the 'rubber room' buried deep below the pad, where they could take shelter in case of an imminent explosion of the Saturn V launch vehicle.

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posted 07-06-2013 03:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Stafford is wearing the GTA-6 patch.

heng44
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posted 07-06-2013 04:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No, it is the Gemini 6 patch.

Philip
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posted 07-06-2013 06:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Were there two patches for Gemini 6? The patch on the crew photo says "GTA 6."

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posted 07-06-2013 07:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Stafford also has the Gemini IX patch too, just to the left (our view) of the Gemini 6 patch.

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quote:
Originally posted by Philip:
Were there two patches for Gemini 6?
Yes there were two patches. This photo shows the patch that actually flew on "Gemini 6."

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posted 07-06-2013 09:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Philip, the GTA-6 emblem was for the Gemini-Titan-Agena mission that was scrubbed in October 1965 when the Agena was lost. The new emblem for the rendezvous mission with Gemini 7 had 'Gemini 6' in the emblem.

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quote:
Originally posted by Tom:
This photo shows the patch that actually flew on "Gemini 6.
Looking at that photo, it's the first time I realized that both Stafford and Schirra were wearing their pilot wings on their suits. From this shot, they look like the regular metal uniform wings.

I knew Conrad and Gordon had their Navy wings on, but in a patch version rather than the pin-on type.

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Here is a closer photo of Tom Stafford also taken on March 27.

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Yes there were two patches.
This Gemini program summary photo with the crew signatures made the same mistake. It shows the "GTA-6" patch instead of the "Gemini 6" patch.

The Agena spacecraft in the GTA-6 patch was replaced by a second Gemini spacecraft in the Gemini 6 patch.

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