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The list below attempts to show all known patches from the Shuttle era manufactured by Lion Brothers. For the purposes of comparison, the second column of images shows the AB Emblem version, the third shows the vintage Swissartex version (sometimes sold in Eagle Crest packaging) and the final column shows a patches from Cape Kennedy Medals or unknown manufacturers.

It should be noted that certain patches were produced in multiple versions by a single manufacturer. In the case of Lion Brothers I have tried to list all the versions. Swissartex produced mission patches with waxy-looking plastic coatings on the reverse and versions with vacuum-sealed backings but the fronts look identical so I have not included multiple versions in the list below.

Note that this list was compiled largely based on discussions in this thread on the CollectSpace.com message board.

You will find some of these patches available for sale in my Crew Patches eBay Store.

Lion Brothers AB Emblem Swissartex Emblem Cape Kennedy Medals / Unknown Manufacturer

U.S. Flag

4" x 2¼" flag patch

Seen with bare cloth back and vacuum-sealed plastic backing.

Not strictly-speaking a space patch, but was sold alongside the space mission patches.

Lion Brothers US flag patch

U.S. Flag

3" x 2" flag patch

Seen with bare cloth back and vacuum-sealed plastic backing.

This is a smaller version of the US flag.

Lion Brothers US flag patch with vacuum-sealed plastic backing

STS Program

Seen with plastic backing and vacuum-sealed backing.

Key differences: Dark background has pointed top. Wings & text different.

Lion Brothers Shuttle program patch AB Emblem Shuttle program patch

ALT Program

Very scarce.

This patch has been seen both with a bare cloth back and with a vacuum sealed back.

Key differences: Huge US flag on wing.

Lion Brothers ALT program patch AB Emblem ALT program patch Swissartex ALT program patch

STS-1

April 1981

Bare back version.

Key differences: Three color flame (yellow-orange-red).

Lion Brothers STS-1 bare cloth back patch AB Emblem STS-1 patch Swissartex STS-1 patch

STS-1

April 1981

Version with coated back.

Differences from bare back LB: Black stitching down right side of shuttle fuselage. Cloud patterns different. Stitching on reverse.

Lion Brothers coated back STS-1 patch

STS-1

April 1981

Example with 'canvas' coated back.

Differences from bare back LB: 'canvas' style backing. Only one example seen, so likely a prototype.

Lion Brothers canvas backed STS-1 patch

STS-2

November 1981

Bare back vesion.

Key differences: Silver border full above shuttle nose.

Lion Brothers STS-2 patch AB Emblem STS-2 patch Swissartex STS-2 patch Unknown manufacturer STS-2 patch

STS-2

November 1981

Version with coated back.

Differences from bare back LB: Flag stars more pointy. Eagle eye and beak less detailed. Columbia lettering less bold. Stitching on reverse.

Lion Brothers coated back STS-2 patch

STS-2

November 1981

Example with 'canvas' coated back.

Differences from bare back LB: 'canvas' style backing. Only two examples seen, so likely prototypes.

Lion Brothers canvas back STS-2 patch

STS-3

March 1982

Only seen with bare back.

Key differences: Blue 'streak' on nose.

Lion Brothers STS-3 patch AB Emblem STS-3 patch Swissartex STS-3 patch Unknown manufactuer STS-3 patch

STS-4

June 1982

Only seen with bare back.

Key differences: Earth lighter. White trim around shuttle nose.

Lion Brothers STS-4 patch AB Emblem STS-4 patch Swissartex STS-4 patch

STS-5

November 1982

Bare back version. Very scarce.

Key differences: No flag on wing.

Lion Brothers STS-5 patch AB Emblem STS-5 patch Swissartex STS-5 patch Cape Kennedy Medals STS-5 patch

STS-5

November 1982

Version with coated plastic back.

Key differences: One-piece windscreen. Larger star and fonts. No flag on wing.

Lion Brothers coated back STS-5 patch

STS-6

April 1983

Very scarce.

Like the ALT patch this patch has been seen both with a bare cloth back and with a vacuum sealed back. In addition, an odd version with a unique white vacuum-sealed plastic back exists.

Lion Brothers STS-6 patch AB Emblem STS-6 patch Swissartex STS-6 patch Cape Kennedy Medals STS-6 patch

STS-6

April 1983

Version with coated plastic back.

Key differences: Subtle differences throughout.

This version is the one usually seen in sets of Lion Brothers patches.

Lion Brothers STS-6 patch Cape Kennedy Medals STS-6 patch

STS-7

June 1983

Coated back.

Key differences: Subtle differences throughout.

Lion Brothers STS-7 patch AB Emblem STS-7 patch Swissartex STS-7 patch Cape Kennedy Medals STS7- patch

STS-8

August 1983

Coated back.

Key differences: Black outline around Challenger lettering. Right SRB points to "U" of Truly.
Swissartex version has orange tank, and right SRB points to "R" of Truly.

Lion Brothers STS-8 patch AB Emblem STS-8 patch Swissartex STS-8 patch Cape Kennedy Medals STS-8 patch

STS-9

November 1983

Only seen with bare back?

Key differences: Subtle differences throughout. Swissartex version has blue nose.

Lion Brothers STS-9 patch AB Emblem STS-9 patch Swissartex STS-9 patch Cape Kennedy Medals STS-9 patch

STS-41B

February 1984

Vacuum-sealed plastic backing.

Key differences: Many small differences.

Lion Brothers STS-41B patch AB Emblem STS-41B patch Swissartex STS-41B patch Unknown manufactuer STS-41B patch

STS-41C

April 1984

Coated back.

Key differences to AB: Center of 'sun' larger. Swissartex version has orangey-yellow sun. Blue background ribbed.

Lion Brothers STS-41C patch AB Emblem STS-41C patch Swissartex STS-41C patch Cape Kennedy Medals STS-41C patch

STS-41D

August 1984

Vacuum-sealed plastic backing.

Key differences: Ship much larger.

Lion Brothers STS-41D patch AB Emblem STS-41D patch Swissartex STS-41D patch Cape Kennedy Medals STS-41D patch

STS-41F

August 1984 [CANCELLED]

[No likely candidate identified]

As this mission was cancelled quite close to the launch date it seems likely that Lion Brothers created a version of this patch, presumably with a vacuum-sealed backing.

AB Emblem and Swissartex apparently re-used their STS-41F patches for the STS-51D mission eight months later by adding a sew-on tab for the payload specialists.

An oversize version of this patch is also shown here. At first glance it appeared a possible candidate for the 'missing link' but the coating on the reverse does not match those used by Lion Brothers. It was most likely produced by AB Emblem.

AB Emblem STS-41F patch Swissartex STS-41F patch
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STS-41G

October 1984

Vacuum-sealed plastic backing.

Key differences: one piece patch with lettering in capitals.

Lion Brothers STS-41G patch AB Emblem STS-41G patch Swissartex STS-41G patch Cape Kennedy Medals STS-41G patch

STS-51A

November 1984

Vacuum-sealed plastic backing.

Subtle design differences to AB.
Swissartex version has radial thread pattern in border, otherwise similar to LB patch.

Lion Brothers STS-51A patch AB Emblem STS-51A patch Swissartex STS-51A patch Cape Kennedy Medals STS-51A patch

STS-51C

January 1985

Vacuum-sealed plastic backing.

Key differences: Gold border around wing tips. Silver stripe above shuttle in center. One piece patch.

Lion Brothers STS-51C patch AB Emblem STS-51C patch Swissartex STS-51C patch Cape Kennedy Medals STS-51C patch

STS-51E

March 1985

[No likely candidate identified]

Mission cancelled only a week before launch. If Lion Brothers did produce a version of this patch it would have been widely distributed before the cancellation.

AB Emblem STS-51E patch Swissartex STS-51E patch

STS-51D

April 1985

[No likely candidate identified]

Most patch bodies produced by AB Emblem and Swissartex for cancelled mission STS-41F probably re-used for STS-51D with a sewn-on tab added.

AB Emblem STS51D- patch Swissartex STS-51D patch

STS-51B

1985

[No likely candidate identified]

AB Emblem STS-51B patch Swissartex STS-51B patch

STS-51G

1985

[No likely candidate identified]

AB Emblem STS-51G patch Swissartex STS-51G patch

STS-51F

1985

[No likely candidate identified]

One piece patch on far right possibly older Swissartex. Tab on modern Swissartex version has vertical sides and bolder fonts.

AB Emblem STS-51F patch Swissartex STS-51F patch Unknown manufactuer STS-51F patch

STS-51I

1985

[No likely candidate identified]

AB Emblem STS-51I patch Swissartex STS-51I patch

STS-51J

1985

[No likely candidate identified]

AB Emblem STS-51J patch Swissartex STS-51J patch Unknown manufactuer STS-51J patch

STS-61A

1985

[No likely candidate identified]

AB Emblem STS-61A patch Swissartex STS-61A patch

STS-61B

1985

[No likely candidate identified]

AB Emblem STS-61B patch Swissartex STS-61B patch Unknown manufacturer STS-61B patch

STS-61C

1986

[No likely candidate identified]

AB Emblem STS-61C patch Swissartex STS-61C patch

STS-51L

1986

[No likely candidate identified]

AB Emblem STS-51L patch Swissartex STS-51L patch
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