Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

Six-page "Family Gram" newsletter updating friends and family of the crew of the USS Kearsarge (CV-33) on the Mercury MA-8 Flight Sigma 7 recovery operation. The newsletter includes a small USS Kearsarge insignia and small portrait photo of Commanding Officer, Captain E.P. Rankin, at the top. The newsletter was written by Donald Fred Parker for Rankin's signature.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Astronautics
  • Space flight
  • Aeronautics
  • Aircraft carriers

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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Donald Fred Parker for U.S. Navy


October 1962

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560



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