TRAINING RECOVERY SHIP COVER & POSTMARK VARIETIES

This section shows covers produced for various training missions. These training missions, often involving a dummy or boilerplate capsule, were designed to train ship personnel and access their readiness prior to the actual mission. Ships involved in such missions were not always the ships that finally were involved in the next actual mission. There is little documentation and few covers exist for such missions. Such covers are extremely rare.

Mercury Training Missions
Mercury 6 - Patrick AFB Navy Recovery Team Swimmers practicing for Glenn's Flight
Mercury 81 - USS Hancock
Mercury 8 - USS Intrepid
Mercury 8 - USS Yorktown

Gemini Training Missions
Gemini 2 - USS Wallace L. Lind2

Gemini-Apollo Boilerplate Recovery
28 June 1963 - in Galveston Bay5 (a very rare cover)

Apollo Training Missions
Apollo 10 - USS Myles C. Fox4


Notes:
1) The designated mission is the next scheduled actual mission and is used for reference purposes only.
2) From the collection of Steve Durst.
4) While marked as training for Apollo 10 the mission was actually a training exercse for quarantine procedures for the first Moon landing mission, including the use of the Apollo quarantine trailer. Eventually, this turned out to be Apollo 11 but at the time there was speculation that the first Moon landing would be Apollo 10, hence the cover's caption. The training exercise was in the Atlantic. See http://mylescfoxdd829.net/DD829_Short_History.htm .
5) Sold on eBay 2012

 

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