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Alabama Space And Rocket Center Patch

Postby blachwk » Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:26 pm

Came across this Alabama Space And Rocket Center Patch on eBay.

Just posting this link out there to see what's everyone's thoughts on this area and if anyone has seen a 'white' variant such as this? I've only seen the red patches on the flight suits in books and photos?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-SPACE-AND-ROCKET-CENTER-HUNTSVILLE-ALABAMA-souvenir-embroidered-PATCH-E8/371902801036?_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D41451%26meid%3D8e23ac512e5b4e27a20a43b20ff65cec%26pid%3D100011%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D121910954841
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Re: Alabama Space And Rocket Center Patch

Postby Vincent » Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:45 pm

That's pretty great! I don't think I've ever seen a white version, just the red.
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Re: Alabama Space And Rocket Center Patch

Postby p51 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:55 pm

Vincent wrote:That's pretty great! I don't think I've ever seen a white version, just the red.

I have one in my collection and saw another on ePay a couple of years ago.
I tried to figure out what they were for and I haven’t found any record of them being used in white.
The original red/white/gold design was intended to match the original planned NASA patches for the flight suits.
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The original concept when NASA thought they’d launch every few weeks was there wouldn’t be mission patches anymore. Astronauts would just put a tab under the triangle shuttle program patch for the mission they flew. They even made the tabs for all the NASA centers, programs and hardware. I have several in my collection.
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The early SC patches were made to be exactly like those.
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Re: Alabama Space And Rocket Center Patch

Postby Hotdog » Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:03 pm

Yeah, we all know about the red patches and why they exist. Blachwk has encountered an extremely rare variant and was inquiring about that. My guess is they just needed a white one to put on white "spacesuits" or something at the museum where the red patches didn't quite work as well.
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Re: Alabama Space And Rocket Center Patch

Postby p51 » Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:48 pm

Hotdog wrote:Yeah, we all know about the red patches and why they exist.
I don’t think that’s a fair assumption at all. Sure, a FEW of us here know that, but I highly doubt everyone here does.
As for the white ones, I spent a lot of time looking into their use when I found mine, and nothing came up. I’ve seen plenty of photos of the EVA suits from camp in the timeframe the red/white/gold patches were being worn (and afterward) and have never turned up any photos of a white one of these being worn.
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