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:

PATCO Picket Sign, Cup, and Shirt

The animosity between the striking controllers and management is reflected in the handwritten comments on the picket sign and the images on the coffee cup and tee-shirt.

Gift of Steve Biddle

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Physical Description

White ceramic mug with blue "PATCO POFESSIONAL AIR TRAFFIC CONTOLLERS ORGANIZATION 1981" lettering on one side and drawing of a fist in front of an air traffic control screen on the other.

Credit Line

Gift of Steve Biddle.

Country of Origin

United States of America


Overall - ceramic


3-D: 12.1 x 8.9 x 8.9cm (4 3/4 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum