| Gemini 4
"Ed White and I used the American flag on our shoulders as our
patch. This was the first time the American flag had been worn on
a pressure suit and it has continued to be used there ever since.
The original flags we had sewn on we purchased ourselves. Later
on, of course, NASA made this an integral part of the pressure suit."
--Jim McDivitt, from All
We Did Was Fly to the Moon
The crew of Gemini 4, denied the opportunity to name their spacecraft
(they wanted to use the name "American Eagle"), decided instead
to use the American flag as their mission patch. The flag was sewn
onto the left shoulder of their space suit (as seen on the photos
below), and this has remained the placement since. For Gemini missions
the mission patches used thereafter were worn on the right shoulder
or right breast.
Shoulder of Jim McDivitt's Gemini 4
Left side of Ed White's Gemini 4 space
Detail of above photo of McDivitt's
suit. The cover layers of both McDivitt's and White's suits
have been replaced, as the originals had deteriorated. (Kozloski,
pp. 171-174) The rough stitching affixing the flag to McDivitt's
suit is similar to that of the original. All photos taken
April 2000 at the National Air and Space Museum, Washington,
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