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Irwin was born March 17, 1930 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science in naval science from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1951.
Master of Science in aeronautical engineering and instrumentation engineering from the
University of Michigan in 1957.
EXPERIENCE: Upon graduation from the Naval Academy, Irwin was commissioned in the U.S.
Air Force and received his flight training at Hondo Air Force Base and Reese Air Force
Base, Texas. He later assisted in development of the Mach-3 YF-12A interceptor, serving
with the F-12 Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, California, and with the AIM-47
Project Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He was graduated from the
Experimental Test Pilot School in 1961 and from the Aerospace Research Pilot School in
1963. He then became Chief of the Advanced Requirements Branch at Headquarters Air Defense
NASA selected Irwin as an astronaut in April 1966. He was backup Lunar Module pilot for
Apollo 12. He flew as Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 15, launched on July 26, 1971,. Irwin
and David R. Scott flew their Lunar Module to the moon's surface while Alfred M. Worden
waited in the Command Module in lunar orbit. This was the first extended scientific
expedition to the moon and the first to use the Lunar Rover. In three separate excursions
over three days they explored the most spectacular Apollo landing site, a narrow valley
hemmed in on three sides by the 4,500 m Apennine Mountains and on the fourth by a 2 km
wide canyon, Hadley Rille. They returned with 77 kg of rocks, having left behind an ALSEP
science station for continued monitoring of the lunar environment.
Irwin retired from NASA and from the Air Force, with the rank of colonel, in 1972. A
very religious person, he founded the High Flight Foundation, a non-profit organization
devoted to sharing Irwin's faith in God through speaking engagements, publications and
retreats. He made several trips to Turkey's Mount Ararat in an unsuccessful quest for
Noah's Ark. Irwin served as chairman and president of the foundation until his death from
a heart attack on August 8, 1991, in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Return To Last Page
HENRY HAP ARNOLD (b. June 25, 1886, Gladwyne, Pa., U.S.--d. Jan. 15, 1950, Sonoma,
Calif.), air strategist,
commanding general of the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II.
After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1907, Arnold
served in the infantry and then transferred to the aeronautical section of the Signal
Corps, receiving his flying instruction in 1911 from Orville Wright. During World War I he
rose from the grade of captain to colonel and was eventually the executive officer to the
chief of the air service. In the decade of demobilization and disarmament after the war,
he was one of the apostles of strategic air power, following the lead of General William
("Billy") Mitchell. In 1931 he was appointed commanding officer of the first
wing, General Headquarters Air Force, where he originated and tested the organization and
tactics that were to be employed in World War II.
Arnold reported to Washington, D.C., in 1936 as assistant chief of the Army Air Corps.
When his superior, General Oscar Westover, was killed in a plane crash in 1938, Arnold
succeeded him as chief. Anticipating the coming global conflict, Arnold strongly pressed
for increased Air Corps appropriations and aid to the Allies, despite the hostility of
isolationists and shortsighted officers in the military. In 1941 he published, in
collaboration with General Ira C. Eaker, a book entitled Winged Warfare.
During World War II Arnold commanded the U.S. Army Air Corps throughout the world. He
also served as air representative on the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and on the
Anglo-American Combined Chiefs of Staff. In these capacities he was an influential
architect of the plans and strategy that resulted in Allied victory. In December 1944 he
was one of four Army leaders promoted to the five-star rank of general of the army. He
retired from service in 1946, and in 1949 his title was changed to general of the air
Arnold had long planned and advocated that the air forces should have parity with the
Army and Navy in the U.S. military establishment. The National Defense Act of 1947,
authorizing this organization, was undoubtedly due in no small measure to Arnold's effort
and influence. His autobiography, Global Mission (1949), includes a history of U.S.
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Born February 11, 1920 at Pensacola, Florida, he learned to fly while
attending the Tuskegee Institute and after graduation in 1942 continued civilian flight
training until he received appointment as a Cadet in the Army Air Corps in January 1943.
He was commissioned in July 1943 and throughout the remainder of World War II he
trained pilots for the all-black 99th Pursuit Squardon and worked in other assignments. He
was subsequently stationed in Ohio and in the Philippines.
During the Korean War he flew 101 missions in fighters. From 1953 to 1956 he was at
Otis Air Force Base, Massachusetts, receiving promotion to Major in that period. On
graduating from the Air Command-Staff School in 1957, he was assigned to staff duty in
From 1960 to 1964, he was stationed in England and from 1964 to 1966 in Arizona and in
in Vietnam where he flew 78 combat missions.
By then a Colonel, he was Vice Commander of the 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Elgin Air
Force Base, Florida, in 1967-69, and then promoted to Brigadier General, was named base
commander of Wheelus Air Force Base in Libya.
In March 1970 be became Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and
advanced to Major General. In September 1974, with the rank of Lieutenant General, he
became Vice Commander of the Military Airlift Command at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
In September 1975 he became the first black officer in the history of the United States
military to attain 4-star full General rank. At that time he was named Commander of the
North American Air Defense Command (NORAD), with responsibility for all aspects of the air
defense of the United States and Canada. He was also much-sought after as a public speaker
and devoted considerable time to addressing youth groups, particularly minority students.
He died shortly after his retirement from the Air Force of a heart attack in Colorado
Springs, Colorado. His private memorial in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery says,
"This is my country and I believe in her. I'll protect her against all enemies,
foreign and domestic." Return To Last Page
It is not possible to know the history of the polar
regions or undertake scientific investigation of the areas without being aware of Admiral
Richard E. Byrd or benefiting from his contributions. As a navigational aviator, Byrd
pioneered in the technology that would be the foundation for modern polar exploration and
investigation. As a decorated and much celebrated hero, Byrd drew popular attention to
areas of the world that would become focal points of scientific investigation in numerous
disciplines. Finally, as a naval officer Admiral Byrd contributed to the role of
government in sponsoring and facilitating research in polar regions and topics.
Richard E. Byrd
first made his mark in the U.S. Navy. Graduating with the class of 1912 from the U.S.
Naval Academy, he served in the battleship fleet until forced into medical retirement in
1916 from the after-effects of a smashed ankle suffered while a midshipman. Recalled to
active duty in a retired status, he organized the Commission on Training Camps. In April
1918 he won his wings as Naval Aviator 608.
From the start of his flying career he demonstrated unusual ability. Byrd
pioneered the technique of night-time landings of seaplanes on the ocean and flew out over
the horizon, out of sight of land, and navigated back to his base. In 1918 he proposed
flying the newly built NC-1 flying boats across the Atlantic to the war zone in France.
His war service was in Canada as Commander, U.S. Naval Air Forces with responsibility for
two air bases in Nova Scotia.
With the conclusion of hostilities, Byrd was called to Washington and made
responsible for the navigational preparations for the transatlantic flight attempt of the
NC flying boats in l9l9. He was a skilled officer in representing Navy interests under
consideration by the Congress. Byrd won wide acclaim for directing the lobbying effort
that resulted in the first post-war pay-raise for military personnel. Byrd was also
invaluable in the long campaign of Naval aviators to establish a Bureau of Aeronautics.
Interested in polar exploration from childhood, his adult involvement
began in 1924 when he was appointed navigator for the proposed transpolar flight of the
Navy's dirigible Shenandoah from Alaska to Spitzbergen. When the flight was canceled by
President Coolidge, Byrd began to organize his own Navy flight expedition to the Arctic.
He was compelled to join forces with the MacMillan Expedition to northwest Greenland
sponsored by the National Geographic Society in 1925. At that time Byrd completed the
first flights over Ellsmere Island and the interior of Greenland.
In 1926 he took leave from the Navy to organize a privately financed
expedition to the Arctic, which was to be based in Spitzbergen. Plans included several
flights over the pack ice, including one to the North Pole. Supported by Edsel Ford, John
D. Rockefeller, Jr., the New York Times and others, Byrd and his pilot, Floyd Bennett,
claimed to have reached the North Pole on May 9, 1926. Both men were awarded the Medal of
Honor after their return to the United States. In later years scholars have raised
questions about the success of the expedition in flying over the North Pole.
Cheered by the outpouring of public support and admiration,
Byrd continued his leave from the Navy. With commercial sponsorship, he completed the
first multi-engine airplane crossing of the Atlantic to France. Byrd then turned his
sights to Antarctica in 1928. During the remaining years of his life he was involved
in five expeditions to Antarctica. These explorations accounted for the discovery of
hundreds of thousands of square miles of territory which were claimed for the United
States. He personified the inception of the mechanical era of Antarctic exploration. No
other person in Antarctic history has contributed more to the geographic discovery of the
continent than Byrd.
With highly visible accomplishments, he thrilled millions and raised large
amounts of funding. He flew over the South Pole in November 1929. He spent most of the
winter of 1934 alone in a meteorological hut some 100 miles into the interior. His winter
weather observations were the first taken from the interior. This effort almost cost Byrd
his life when he was poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes.
Byrd remained a promoter of Antarctic exploration. He merged
his plans for a third private expedition with governmental plans and became the commanding
officer of the United States Antarctic Service. With the onset of World War II he
returned to active service and earned two decorations as the Chief of Naval Operations.
In the early post-war years, Byrd participated in the organization of the
U.S. Navy Antarctic Developments Project in 1946-47 (Operation Highjump) He supervised the
preparation of a study for the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Greenland as a site for military
training and operations. In his final years he was called again to serve the nation as
Officer in Charge of United States Antarctic Programs. This responsibility gave him
authority to coordinate government supported scientific, logistic and political work in
Antarctica. Admiral Byrd remained an influential figure in polar research until his death
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Buzz Aldrin was born in Montclair, New Jersey on January 20, 1930. His
mother, Marion Moon, was the daughter of an Army Chaplain. His father, Edwin Eugene Aldrin, was an
aviation pioneer, a student of rocket developer Robert Goddard, and an aide to the
immortal General Billy Mitchell. Buzz was educated at West Point, graduating with honors
in 1951, third in his class. After receiving his wings, he flew Sabre Jets in 66 combat
missions in the Korean Conflict, shooting down two MIG-15's. Returning to his education,
he earned a Doctorate in Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in
Manned Space Rendezvous. The techniques he devised were used on all NASA missions,
including the first space docking with the Russian Cosmonauts.
In October 1963, Buzz was selected by NASA as one of the early astronauts. In November
1966, he established a new record for Extra-Vehicular Activity in space on the Gemini XII
orbital flight mission. He has logged 4500 hours of flying time, 290 of which were in
space, including 8 hours of EVA. As Backup Command Module Pilot for Apollo VIII, man's
first flight around the moon, Buzz significantly improved operational techniques for
astronautical navigation star display. Then, on July 20, 1969, Buzz and Neil Armstrong
made their historic Apollo XI moon walk, thus becoming the first two humans to set foot on
another world. This unprecedented heroic endeavor was witnessed by the largest worldwide
television audience in history.
Upon returning from the moon, Buzz embarked on an international goodwill tour. He was
presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor amongst over 50 other
distinguished awards and medals from the United States and numerous other countries.
Since retiring from NASA, the Air Force, and his position as Commander of the Test
Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Dr. Aldrin has remained at the forefront of
efforts to ensure a continued leading role for America in manned space exploration. To
advance his lifelong commitment to venturing outward in space, he has created a master
plan of evolving missions for sustained exploration utilizing his concept, "The
Cycler," a spacecraft system which makes perpetual orbits between Earth and Mars, and
in 1993 received a patent for a permanent space station he designed.
Buzz authored an autobiography, "Return to Earth" in 1974, and in 1989 wrote,
"Men from Earth," describing his trip to the moon and his unique perspective on
America's future in Space.In 1996, he published his first science fiction novel, Encounter
With Tiber (published by Warner Books). Buzz participates in many space organizations
worldwide, including the National Space Society, in developing future space programs and
space education. He is also endorsing two educational computer software products for
On Valentine's Day 1988, Buzz married Lois Driggs Cannon of Phoenix, Arizona. She is a
Stanford graduate and active community leader in Southern California where they now
reside. Their combined family is comprised of six grown children and one grandson. Their
leisure time is spent exploring the deep sea world of scuba diving and skiing the
mountaintops of Sun Valley, Idaho.
Now Buzz, as Starcraft Enterprises - the name of his private space endeavors - is
lecturing and traveling throughout the world to pursue and discuss his and others' latest
concepts and ideas for exploring the universe. He is a leading voice in charting the
course of future space efforts, chairing both the National Space Society and the
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Lindbergh, Charles Augustus (1902-1974), an American aviator, made the first solo
nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20-21, 1927. Other pilots had
crossed the Atlantic before him. But Lindbergh was the first person to do it alone
Lindbergh's feat gained him immediate, international fame. The press named him "Lucky
Lindy" and the "Lone Eagle." Americans and Europeans idolized the shy, slim
young man and showered him with honors.
Before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, Lindbergh campaigned against voluntary
American involvement in World War II. Many Americans criticized him for his noninvolvement
beliefs. After the war, he avoided publicity until the late 1960's, when he spoke out for
the conservation of natural resources. Lindbergh served as an adviser in the aviation
industry from the days of wood and wire airplanes to supersonic jets.
Charles Augustus Lindbergh was born on Feb. 4, 1902, in Detroit. He grew up on a farm
near Little Falls, Minn. He was the son of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Sr., a lawyer, and
his wife, Evangeline Land Lodge. Lindbergh's father served as a U.S. congressman from
Minnesota from 1907 to 1917.
In childhood, Lindbergh showed exceptional mechanical ability. At the age of 18 years,
he entered the University of Wisconsin to study engineering. However, Lindbergh was more
interested in the exciting, young field of aviation than he was in school. After two
years, he left school to become a barnstormer, a pilot who performed daredevil stunts at
In 1924, Lindbergh enlisted in the United States Army so that he could be trained as an
Army Air Service Reserve pilot. In 1925, he graduated from the Army's flight-training
school at Brooks and Kelly fields, near San Antonio, as the best pilot in his class. After
Lindbergh completed his Army training, the Robertson Aircraft Corporation of St. Louis
hired him to fly the mail between St. Louis and Chicago. He gained a reputation as a
cautious and capable pilot.
n 1919, a New York City hotel owner named Raymond Orteig offered $25,000 to the first
aviator to fly nonstop from New York to Paris. Several pilots were killed or injured while
competing for the Orteig prize. By 1927, it had still not been won. Lindbergh believed he
could win it if he had the right airplane. He persuaded nine St. Louis businessmen to help
him finance the cost of a plane. Lindbergh chose Ryan Aeronautical Company of San Diego to
manufacture a special plane, which he helped design. He named the plane the Spirit of
St. Louis. On May 10-11, 1927, Lindbergh tested the plane by flying from San Diego to
New York City, with an overnight stop in St. Louis. The flight took 20 hours 21 minutes, a
On May 20, Lindbergh took off in the Spirit of St. Louis from Roosevelt Field,
near New York City, at 7:52 A.M. He landed at Le Bourget Field, near Paris, on May 21 at
10:21 P.M. Paris time (5:21 P.M. New York time). Thousands of cheering people had gathered
to meet him. He had flown more than 3,600 miles (5,790 kilometers) in 33 1/2 hours.
Lindbergh's heroic flight thrilled people throughout the world. He was honored with
awards, celebrations, and parades. President Calvin Coolidge gave Lindbergh the
Congressional Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
In 1927, Lindbergh published We, a book about his transatlantic flight. The
title referred to Lindbergh and his plane. Lindbergh flew throughout the United States to
encourage air-mindedness on behalf of the Daniel Guggenheim Fund for the Promotion of
Aeronautics. Lindbergh learned about the pioneer rocket research of Robert H. Goddard, a
Clark University physics professor. Lindbergh persuaded the Guggenheim family to support
Goddard's experiments, which later led to the development of missiles, satellites, and
space travel. Lindbergh also worked for several airlines as a technical adviser.
At the request of the U.S. government, Lindbergh flew to various Latin-American
countries in December 1927 as a symbol of American good will. While in Mexico, he met Anne
Spencer Morrow, the daughter of Dwight W. Morrow, the American ambassador there. Lindbergh
married Anne Morrow in 1929. He taught her to fly, and they went on many flying
expeditions together throughout the world, charting new routes for various airlines. Anne
Morrow Lindbergh also became famous for her poetry and other writings.
Lindbergh invented an "artificial heart" between 1931 and 1935. He developed
it for Alexis Carrel, a French surgeon and biologist whose research included experiments
in keeping organs alive outside the body. Lindbergh's device could pump the substances
necessary for life throughout the tissues of an organ.
On March 1, 1932, the Lindberghs' 20-month-old son, Charles Augustus, Jr., was
kidnapped from the family home in New Jersey. About ten weeks later, his body was found.
In 1934, police arrested a carpenter, Bruno Richard Hauptmann, and charged him with the
murder. Hauptmann was convicted of the crime. He was executed in 1936.
The press sensationalized the tragedy. Reporters, photographers, and curious onlookers
pestered the Lindberghs constantly. In 1935, after the Hauptmann trial, Lindbergh, his
wife, and their 3-year-old son, Jon, moved to Europe in search of privacy and safety.
The Lindbergh kidnapping led Congress to pass the "Lindbergh law." This law
makes kidnapping a federal offense if the victim is taken across state lines or if the
mail service is used for ransom demands.
While in Europe, Lindbergh was invited by the governments of France and Germany to tour
the aircraft industries of their countries. Lindbergh was especially impressed with the
highly advanced aircraft industry of Nazi Germany. In 1938, Hermann Goering, a high Nazi
official, presented Lindbergh with a German medal of honor. Lindbergh's acceptance of the
medal caused an outcry in the United States among critics of Nazism.
Lindbergh and his family returned to the United States in 1939. In 1941, he joined the
America First Committee, an organization that opposed voluntary American entry into World
War II. Lindbergh became a leading spokesman for the committee. He criticized President
Franklin D. Roosevelt's foreign policies. He also charged that British, Jewish, and
pro-Roosevelt groups were leading America into war. Lindbergh resigned his commission in
the Army Air Corps after Roosevelt publicly denounced him. Some Americans accused
Lindbergh of being a Nazi sympathizer because he refused to return the medal he had
After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Lindbergh stopped his
noninvolvement activity. He tried to reenlist, but his request was refused. He then served
as a technical adviser and test pilot for the Ford Motor Company and United Aircraft
Corporation (now United Technologies Corporation).
In April 1944, Lindbergh went to the Pacific war area as an adviser to the United
States Army and Navy. Although he was a civilian, he flew about 50 combat missions.
Lindbergh also developed cruise control techniques that increased the capabilities of
American fighter planes.
After the War, Lindbergh withdrew from public attention. He worked as a consultant to
the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. President Dwight D. Eisenhower restored
Lindbergh's commission and appointed him a brigadier general in the Air Force in 1954. Pan
American World Airways also hired Lindbergh as a consultant. He advised the airline on its
purchase of jet transports and eventually helped design the Boeing 747 jet. In 1953,
Lindbergh published The Spirit of St. Louis, an expanded account of his 1927
transatlantic flight. The book won a Pulitzer Prize in 1954.
Lindbergh traveled widely and developed an interest in the cultures of peoples in
Africa and the Philippines. In the late 1960's, he ended his years of silence to speak out
for the conservation movement. He especially campaigned for the protection of humpback and
blue whales, two species of whales in danger of extinction. Lindbergh opposed the
development of supersonic transport planes because he feared the effects the planes might
have on the earth's atmosphere.
Lindbergh died of cancer on Aug. 26, 1974, in his home on the Hawaiian island of Maui.
The Autobiography of Values, a collection of Lindbergh's writings, was published in
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Lawrence Dale Bell was born in Mentone, on April 5, 1894, the youngest son of Isaac and
Harriet Sarber Bell. He was
known to everyone as Larry, and attended school in Mentone until 1907 when his family
moved to Santa Monica, California.
In January, 1910, Larry and an older brother, Grover, attended the first major U.S. Air
Show at Dominguez Field near Los Angeles. Immensely impressed, they returned home and
built a plane of their own. It was only a model, but it flew and it changed the lives of
both Bell brothers.
In 1912, a month before Larry was to graduate from high school, Grover, who had
recently learned to fly, asked him to join the great stunt pilot Lincoln Beachey and
himself as a mechanic. Larry easily passed the final examination that ended his formal
education and joined the pilots, completely enjoying his work. Beachey temporarily quit,
but the Bell brothers continued attending air shows. Grover was killed in a crash in 1913,
and Larry vowed to quit aviation. In a short time, however, friends convinced him to
return to the field and he went to work for Glenn L. Martin.
At age 20, Larry was shop foreman, and within a few years he became vice-president and
general manager of the Martin Co. In 1928, he left to join Consolidated Aircraft in
Buffalo, New York.
Consolidated moved to California in 1935, and Larry decided to form his own
corporation. The company, Bell Aircraft Corporation, had a slow beginning. Its undaunted
engineers continued to perfect new designs. In the first 20 years of its existence, the
company recorded 20 firsts. For these firsts, Larry was honored with the Daniel Guggenheim
Medal, the Collier Trophy, a presidential citation, the French Legion of Honor, honorary
degrees and many other honors, in addition to having schools and parks named after him.
At his death in 1956, Larry Bell was the dean of American aviation, having served the
industry 44 years.
John Herschel Glenn, Jr. was born on July 18, 1921, in Cambridge, Ohio. Before he
started school his family mmoved to nearby New Concord, where after graduating, from New Concord
High School, he enrolled in Muskingum College. He had already learned to fly at the small
New Philadelphia airfield before enlisting in the Naval Aviation Cadet Program shortly
after Pearl Harbor. He was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1943 and served in combat
in the South Pacific. Glenn requested combat duty in the Korean conflict, and for his
service in 149 missions in two wars, he received many honors, including the Distinguished
Flying Cross (six occasions) and the Air Medal with eighteen clusters.
Glenn served several years as a test pilot on Navy and Marine Corps jet fighters and
attack aircraft, setting a transcontinental speed record in 1957 for the first flight to
average supersonic speeds from Los Angeles to New York.
In 1959 John Glenn was selected to be one of the first seven astronauts in the U.S.
space program. Three years later, on, February 20, 1962, he made history as the first
American to orbit the earth, completing three orbits in a five-hour flight, for which he
received the Space Congressional Medal of Honor.
After 23 years of distinguished service to his country, Glenn retired from the Marine
Corps in 1965. He took an active part in politics and early environmental protection
efforts in Ohio while pursuing, a career as an executive with Royal Crown International.
He won his Senate seat in 1974, carrying all 88 counties of Ohio, and was re-elected in
1980 with the largest margin in Ohio history. Ohioans returned him to the Senate for a
third term in 1986, again with a substantial majority. In 1992, John Glenn again made
history by being the first popularly elected Senator from Ohio to win four consecutive
Glenn is assigned to serve as payload specialist on the crew of STS-95. This mission
will support a variety of research payloads including deployment of the Spartan
solar-observing spacecraft, the Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Systems Test Platform, and
investigations on space flight and the aging process. STS-95 is scheduled for launch in
BIRTHPLACE: Shawnee, Oklahoma, March 6, 1927
PARENTS: Father - Leroy Gordon Cooper, Sr. - deceased Mother - Hattie Cooper - Resides in
PHYSICAL DATA: Brown hair, blue eyes, 5 ft. 8 in., 155 lbs.
EDUCATION: Primary and Secondary Schools: Shawnee, Oklahoma; Murray, Kentucky
Colleges: University of Hawaii University of Maryland - European Extension U.S. Air Force
Institute of Technology
Advanced Level: Eleven years graduate level training in Space Technology, Space Mechanics,
Lunar Geology, Spacecraft Design, Spacecraft Check Out and Flight Testing with NASA
Degrees: B.S.A.E. - Air Force Institute of Technology Dr. of Science - Oklahoma City
Other Schools: Graduate of U.S.A.F. Jet Pilot School, Graduate of U.S. Navy Underwater
Demolition Team School, Graduate of U.S.N. Helicopter School
ORGANIZATIONS: The Society of Experimental Test Pilots, The American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics The American Astronautical Society, The Blue Lodge Masons,
The York Rite Masons, The Scottish Rite Masons, The Royal Order of Jesters, The
Sojourners, The Rotary Club, The Daedalians, The Confederate Air Force, The Boy Scouts of
America, The Girl Scouts of America.
AWARDS AND TROPHIES: The Air Force Legion of Merit, The Air Force Distinguished Flying
Cross, The Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross Cluster, The NASA Exceptional Service
Medal, The NASA Distinguished Service Medal, USAF Command Astronaut Wings, The Collier
Trophy, The Harmon Trophy, The Scottish Rite 33o, The York Rite Knight of the Purple
Cross, The DeMolay Legion of Honor, The John F. Kennedy Trophy, The Ivan E. Kincheloe
Trophy, The Air Force Association Trophy, The Primus Trophy, The John Montgomery Trophy,
The General Thomas E. White Trophy, The Association of Aviation Writers Award, The
University of Hawaii Regents Medal, The Columbus Medal, The Silver Antelope, and The Sport
Fishing Society of Spain Award,
RECORDS AND FIRSTS:
1963 - Flew 22 orbits (solo) in Mercury 9 (Faith 7) 1963 - Gave one of the opening
addresses to the first meeting of the League of African Nations (from Space) 1963 - Used
the first television camera in Space 1963 - First pilot-controlled re-entry from Space
1963-1965 - First Military man to address the Joint Sessions of Congress twice 1965 - Flew
122 orbits as command pilot of Gemini 5 1965 - First man to fly two orbital flights 1965 -
First man to fly a fuel cell in Space 1965 - First man to fly a radar set in Space 1965 -
First man to track a typhoon from Space 1965 - Established the World Record of most hours
in Space for the United States 1965 - National Aeronautic Association Record Distance in
Earth orbit 1965 - National Aeronautic Association Record Duration in Earth orbit
FLYING EXPERIENCE: 7000 hours total time; 4000 hours jet time; Flies all types of
commercial and general aviation airplane and helicopters.
1945-1946 - United States Marine Corps.
1946-1949 - Attended the University of Hawaii - obtained commission
1949 - Called to active duty USAF (for pilot training)
1950-1954 - Fighter pilot with 86th Fighter-Bomber group in Germany
1954-1956 - Attended the Air Force Institute of Technology 1956-1957 - Attended the USAF
Experimental Flight Test School 1957-1959 - Served as Experimental Flight Test Engineer
and Flight Test Pilot at the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB, California
1959 - Selected in First Group of Seven Astronauts for the NASA Mercury Program
May 15-16, 1963 - Command Pilot on MA9 - "Faith 7"
August 21-28, 1965 - Command Pilot on Gemini 5
October 1965 - October 1966 - Served as Back-up Command Pilot on Gemini 12
April 1968 - April 1969 - Served as Back-up Command Pilot on Apollo 10
July 31, 1970 - Retired from the Air Force and the Space Program
MILITARY TECHNICAL AND MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE:
1956-1959 - Experimental Flight Engineer and Test Pilot at the Air Force Flight Test
Center. Served as Project Manager on several flight development projects. Helped to
develop new techniques of flight testing and new aircraft stability parameters.
1950-1970 - In addition to training for Space Flight, has had extensive experience in test
project management from the drawing board to the flight test phase of check out and
qualification for various major systems of the Space Program.
BUSINESS TECHNICAL AND MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE:
1962-1967 - Performance Unlimited, Inc. - President - Manufactured race engines,
fiberglass boats, distributed marine engines and products, raced high performance boats.
1963-1967 - GCR, Inc. - President - Designed, tested and raced championship cars at
Indianapolis and other USAC tracks, conducted tire tests for Firestone Tire and Rubber
Company, pioneered turbine engine installation on cars.
1965-1970 - Teletest, Inc. - President - Designed, installed and tested various systems
using advanced Telemetry.
1966-1969 - Doubloon, Inc. - Participated with Doubloon Inc. on design, construction, and
utilization of new types of Treasure Hunting equipment.
1968-1969 - Cosmos, Inc. - Participated with Cosmos, Inc. on Archeology exploration
1968-1970 - Profile Race Team - Part owner and race project manager, designed constructed
and raced high performance boats.
1968-1970 - Republic Corp. Technical Consultant - Technical consultant for corporate
acquisitions and public relations.
1967-1969 - Thompson Industries Technical Consultant - Technical Consultant for design and
construction of various automotive production items for General Motors, Ford and Chrysler
1970-1972 - Canaveral International, Inc. - Member of Board of Directors and Technical
Consultant for developing technical products, public relations in land development
1970 -Present - Gordon Cooper & Associates, Inc. - President for consultant firm
specializing technical projects from airline and aerospace fields to land and hotel
1970-1974 - APECO - Board of Director for corporation which produces and markets modular
homes, computer systems, office systems, copy machines and boats and marine equipment.
July 1972-June 1973 - Campco - Member of Board of Directors and Technical consultant for
corporation which builds campers and mobile homes.
August 1972-December 1973 - LowCom Systems, Inc. - Board of Directors and Technical
Consultant for design and production of various advanced electronic systems.
1972-1973 - Aerofoil Systems, Inc. - Board of Directors and Technical Consultant for
design and construction of lifting, inflatable, steerable foils which could land cargo
and/or personnel at a precise spot.
July 1973-January 1974 - Craftech Construction, Inc. - Vice President and member of the
Board of Directors - Design and construction of economical homes, garages, storage
buildings, and hangars of Craftboard and fiberglass.
January 1973-Present - Constant Energy Systems, Inc. - Development of a large energy
system to use for metropolitan power and ship engines without use of petrochemicals.
Development and sales of improvements to automotive engines to increase their efficiency.
1975 Became Vice President for Research and Development for Walter E. Disney Enterprises,
Inc., the research and development subsidiary of Walt Disney Productions. Located in
BIRTHPLACE AND DATE: Schirra was born in Hackensack, NJ, on March 12, 1923.
EDUCATION: Graduated United States Naval Academy in 1945
EXPERIENCE: Schirra received his Naval Flight Training at Pensacola Naval Air Station,
Florida, in 1947. He served as a carrier-based fighter pilot and operations officer and
then attended the Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland. During the Korean
War he flew 90 combat missions in the F-86 Sabre as an exchange pilot with the U. S. Air
Force and received the Distinguished Flying Cross
NASA selected Schirra as one of the original seven Mercury astronauts in 1959. He flew
on the fifth Project Mercury flight, orbiting the earth in his Sigma 7 capsule six times
in 9 hours 13 minutes on Oct. 3, 1962. Following the fiasco of Carpenters preceding
flight, he conducted a textbook mission, with minimal experiments.
Schirra commanded Gemini 6, flying with astronaut Tom Stafford. They were to have
tracked down and docked with an Agena satellite, but the Agena exploded after lift-off on
Oct. 25, 1965. Innovative planners decided Gemini 6 would rendezvous with Gemini 7, a
14-day endurance flight manned by Frank Borman and James Lovell. Gemini 7 was launched
Dec. 4, 1965. Gemini 6 was to take off December 12 but was aborted when the Titan 2
booster rocket engine shut down after ignition. Schirra coolly did not pull the ejection
handles and stayed on the live booster until it could be saved. Three days later, Schirra
and Stafford were launched and the rendezvoused with Gemini 7. After five hours of
formation spaceflight, Schirra moved away from Gemini 7. He and Cernan returned to earth
the next day while Gemini 7 continued its grueling flight.
Schirra was commander of Apollo 7 - the first flight test of the redesigned Apollo
after the first crew died in the Apollo 1 launch pad fire on January 27, 1967. Following
launch on October 11, 1968, the flight was a complete success and provided NASA with
confidence to send the next Apollo crew into orbit around the moon. However the Schirra
and his crew suffered head colds and had numerous arguments with ground controllers. NASA
management secretly decided that none of them would be allowed to fly in space again.
Schirra, seeing any chance of commanding another mission, retired from the Navy and
NASA in 1969 and entered the business. He served as an officer and director of several
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Virgil I. Grissom, a captain in the U.S. Air Force, was born Arril 3, 1926 in Mitchell,
Indiana. He is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes.
Mrs. Grissom is the former Betty L. Moore. They have two sons: Scott, 11, and Mark, 7.
Grissom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis D. Grissom, live at 715 Baker Street, Mitchell,
Indiana. He has two brothers: Norman, of Mitchell; and Lowell, a senior at Indiana
University; and a sister, Mrs. Joe Beavers, who resides in Baltimore, Maryland. His wife's
father, Claude Moore, lives in Mitchell; her mother is deceased.
Grissom attended primary and high
schools in Mitchell. He first entered the Air Force in 1944 as an aviation cadet and was
discharged in November 1945. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in
mechanical engineering in 1950. He returned to aviation cadet training after his
graduation from Purdue and received his wings in March 1951. Grissom joined the 75th
Fighter-Interceptor Squadron at Presque Isle, Maine, as an F-86 fighter pilot. He flew 100
combat missions in Korea in F-86s with the 334th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron. He left
Korea in June 1952 and became a jet pilot instructor at Bryan, Texas. In August 1955 he
went to the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to
study aeronautical engineering. In October 1956 he attended the Test Pilot School at
Edwards Air Force Base, California and returned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in May
1957 as a test pilot assigned to the Fighter Branch. He has flown more than 3400 hours,
over 2500 in jets.
Grissom has been awarded the DFC and
Air Medal with Cluster for service in Korea.
(Note: Grissom died in an Apollo capsule, during a simulated count down, at Cape
Canaveral, January 27, 1967 at 6:30 PM EST. With him were Edward White and Roger Chaffee.)
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