|On October 4, 2004 as SpaceShipOne was
sailing into the record books, I was watching the live coverage of the
flight from my laptop computer at work. The power of the Internet
has made viewing historic events such as this flight much more
This artifact is a poseable Obi-Wan Kenobi
action figure that was flown on the SpaceShipOne Ansari X-Prize winning
flight on October 4, 2004. It was flown on the behalf of Burt and
Tonya Rutan with the express purpose of being auctioned to raise money
for the local Mojave charities.
This figure was consigned for auction on eBay and the auction closed on
August 23, 2005. The description of the lot from this auction
Flown in Space Aboard SpaceShipOne
Ansari X-Prize Flight, October 4, 2004
One of the most
collectable Star Wars figures of all time! This is a flown item!
Proceeds to benefit charity
About the figure:
Two Star Wars Action Figures
were flown aboard SpaceShipOne by test pilot Brian Binnie on the final
flight that sealed a win for the $10 Million Ansari X-Prize. This
is Obi-Wan Kenobi, the second figure. The first action figure,
Luke Skywalker, has already been auctioned. This is the last one
Obi-Wan Kenobi is a
large size 12” poseable action figure by Hasbro, dressed in his
original Jedi garb with blue lightsaber and flowing brown tunic.
He is part of the New Hope "Tatooine Encounter" collection.
He is autographed by SpaceShipOne designer Burt Rutan and
pilot-astronauts Mike Melvill and Brian Binnie.
About the X-Prize:
To win the X- Prize,
competitors were required to privately finance, build and launch a
spaceship able to carry three people to 100 kilometers (62.5 miles);
return safely to Earth; and repeat the launch with the same ship within
Test pilot Mike Melvill
vertical-rolled SpaceShipOne to 337, 500-feet (64.2 miles) on September
29, 2004, successfully completing the first of the two X-Prize flights.
Five days later Brian Binnie rocketed SpaceShipOne straight up to
367,442-feet (69.6 miles) to claim the prize.
About flown items on SpaceShipOne:
Scaled Composites built two
ballast boxes to ride in the backseat of SpaceShipOne behind the
astronaut-pilot. Company employees were given the opportunity to fly an
envelope of personal keepsakes aboard SpaceShipOne as ballast. There
was one caveat —folks shouldn't fly items they planned to sell unless
the proceeds benefited charity.
Burt and Tonya Rutan flew Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi on behalf
of RocketBoosters, a coalition of 17 charities and non-profit groups in
Mojave and surrounding communities.
THIS IS ONE OF VERY FEW ITEMS FLOWN ABOARD
SPACESHIPONE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.
100% of the proceeds from the auction minus
eBay's selling fees will be given directly to The Rocketboosters, a
division of the Mojave Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit organization.
As per eBay's requirements, a letter of permission is scanned and
attached below the rest of the images.
The proceeds will then be
evenly divided by The Rocketboosters among the following Mojave local
& Girls Club, Mojave
Youth Football, California City
CHP Explorers, Mojave
Little League, Mojave
High School Engineering Academy, Mojave
Band Boosters, California City
Optimist Club, California City
Parks & Recreation, California City
Desert Search & Rescue, East Kern
Saxon Museum Boron
Transportation Museum, Mojave
Youth Football, Mojave
Rotary International, Rosamond
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Mojave
California City Chamber of Commerce
Mojave Chamber of Commerce
Each one of these non-profit
groups helped out tremendously during the first flight to space and the
two Ansari X-Prize flights.
The Prize Package:
includes a notarized jurat with affiant statement by Burt and Tonya
Rutan. (this serves as a “certificate of authenticity”).
figure will also include an array of merchandise donated by Mojave Air
and Space Collectibles, including unique items not available for
purchase by the general public.
The figure comes
with its original packaging as seen below. The packaging may be signed
The Earth To The Moon Air
Museum acquired this artifact from the eBay auction.