Signed comical 2TV1 crew photo
2TV1 was a “mission” conducted on Earth in a vacuum chamber simulating a space trip in an Apollo CSM as accurately as possible.
The crew, Vance Brand, Joe Kerwin and Joe Engle had designed their own mission patch, which was worn on their spacesuits during the test. It resembled the NASA "meatball" insignia, and featured a roadrunner as well as the Latin phrase "Arrogans Avis Cauda Gravis". The roadrunner was a Texan bird, perhaps best known as a cartoon character that was perpetually chased across the dessert by Wile E. Coyote. It was symbolic for the period 1967-68 during which the pace of work at NASA was very fast. More importantly: it didn't fly, making it a perfect symbol for 2TV-1. The Latin phrase was a reference to the slogan "The Proud Bird With The Golden Tail", that Continental Airlines used during those days to describe their fleet. "Arrogans Avis Cauda Gravis" means "The Proud Bird With The Heavy Tail", again emphasising that 2TV-1 was not going anywhere.