Captain James A. Lovell

In July 2009, the Mitchell Gallery opened two new exhibit cases displaying artifacts and photos from the Naval and NASA careers of Captain Jim Lovell. While Captain Lovell is best known for his four Gemini and Apollo spaceflights, he also was a Naval Aviator and test pilot prior to joining NASA. The two displays separately cover Jim Lovellís Naval Aviator and test pilot service prior to 1962 as well as his NASA career between 1962 and 1973.

Captain Lovell has loaned the Mitchell Gallery numerous items for these displays, including his Navy flight jacket, a NASA flight helmet, various aircraft and spacecraft models and several items flown on his space missions. Also included are various photos from Captain Lovellís personal collection as well as from other sources.