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FREE VALUATION. To buy, auction, sell or consign your John Glenn flown memorabilia that is for sale, please email Nate@NateDSanders.com or call Nate D. Sanders Auctions (http://www.NateDSanders.com) at (310) 440-2982.

John Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962 during the third Project Mercury flight, the Mercury-Atlas 6 mission. The duration of the spaceflight was 4 hours 55 minutes and the Earth was orbited three times. Following his NASA career, Glenn was an Ohio Senator between 1974 to 1999.

We at Nate D. Sanders Auctions have sold the following John Glenn flown flight instructions for $66,993:

John Glenn’s In-Flight Instructions Used & Flown Aboard Mercury 6

One-of-kind piece of space history flown with John Glenn aboard the Mercury-Atlas 6 “Friendship 7” – the first manned orbit of the earth by an American astronaut. These in-flight photo instructions were used by Glenn aboard the 20 February 1962 mission and feature both a chronological flight plan with detailed astrological markers (“+7′ CASSIOPIA/COUNT STARTS” and “+23′ ORION & MOON/UV PHOTOS COUNT STARS”), as well as fixed geographical landmarks (“LAKE VICTORIA/KENYA NAIROBI” AND “CHRISTMAS ISLANDS”). All data on the instructions was personally used by Glenn to confirm the capsule’s flight path during its 4 hour and 55 minute mission, instructing Glenn at which point to take photos in flight. Instructions also include an in-flight check list that covers such tasks as “Chng Film-Color Filter Out” and “STOW & R. SEQ CHK CET”. The document was attached to a bobbin at each end, forming a scroll that Glenn was able to move back and forth with his thumb during the mission. The long and narrow document measures 4.75″ x 42.5″, its ends trimmed to fit into the bobbin slits. The in-flight instructions were given by Glenn to Frogman Richard “Dick” Dunham of UDT-21 (Underwater Demolition Team) as a thank you memento for his work with Mercury 6; a precursor to Navy Seals, the UDT both trained astronauts for egress from the space capsule into the ocean and retrieved the astronauts after splashdown. The flight plan was then given to U.S. Navy veteran Justin C. Pollard by Dunham, who became a mentor during Pollard’s time in the Navy Bud/S School, Class 240. The document’s historical significance was confirmed by the John Glenn Archives at Ohio State University Libraries. Light creasing and wear, otherwise near fine. Additional provenance includes: (1) LOA from Justin Pollard; (2) 1959 photo of Dunham and Glenn together (Dunham is the blond gentleman, 4th from left in back row) and (3) screen-capture photo of the Mercury 6 cockpit, scroll visible in center of photo, in front of John Glenn. Sold for $66,993.

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John Glenn’s In-Flight Instructions Used & Flown Aboard Mercury 6. Click to enlarge.
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COA for John Glenn’s In-Flight Instructions Used & Flown Aboard Mercury 6. Click to enlarge.

We also sold this John Glenn flown dollar bill:

John Glenn Signed Mercury 6 Mission Space Flown Dollar Bill — Signed a Second Time on The Mat With M. Scott Carpenter — With NASA COA, JSA LOA & PSA/DNA COA

John Glenn signed dollar bill flown in space on the Mercury 6 mission with signed mat. The single dollar bill is signed “J H Glenn, Jr.” in ink. Launched 20 February 1962, Mercury 6 was the first mission to put an American (Glenn) in orbit. Flown bill is mounted to a COA also signed “J H Glenn, Jr.” and “M. Scott Carpenter”. The text of the COA reads: “This CERTIFIES / the following U.S. currency / Serial No. A31941854B / accompanied Lt. Col. John H. Glenn / on the first manned orbital flight aboard Friendship 7 Feb. 20, 1962″. Bill measures 6.25″ x 2.5″. Stapled to COA with two staples near the bottom edge to an overall size of 11.25″ x 8.5”. An additional signature on the bill reads: “Terry Thompson”. Some abrasions to upper right of bill and creasing, else near fine. toning to the mat, else near fine. With JSA LOA and PSA/DNA COA. Sold for $17,600.

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John Glenn Signed Mercury 6 Mission Space Flown Dollar Bill. Click to enlarge.
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COA for John Glenn Signed Mercury 6 Mission Space Flown Dollar Bill.

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