DONN EISELE The senior pilot on the Apollo 7 space mission signs this letter to a fan, noting a picture sent at the request of her uncle. Autograph letter signed: “Donn Eisele”, in green ink, 5½x8½. Prudential-Bache Securities. May 8, 1987. In full: “Dear Kathy,/ I hope you enjoy this/ picture. Your uncle,/ Father William Ward,/ asked me to send you/ something–/ Donn Eisele”. Donn Eisele (1930-1987), who had been chosen as one of a group of 14 astronauts in October 1963, was the senior pilot on Apollo 7 with Wally Schirra and Walt Cunningham (October 11-22, 1968). Earlier, he had been chosen to pilot Apollo 1, the first manned Apollo flight. After breaking his shoulder while training, he was replaced by Roger B. Chaffee. Chaffee and two other astronauts were killed in a launch pad fire during pre-flight testing. Eisele was later named back-up command module pilot for Apollo 10. In 1987, he died of a heart attack in Tokyo, where he and fellow astronaut, Alan B. Shepard, had gone to promote a space camp being established by Nippon Steel. Paper clip crease on top margin. Fine condition. – Please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. HFSID 309703
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