Schirra, Walter, CAPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary NEC
151X-Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer Pilot or NFO
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1959-1969, 151X, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Service Years
1941 - 1969
Captain
Captain

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Last Address
Hackensack

Date of Passing
May 03, 2007
 
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  • CAPT Schirra passed way at the age of 84, in LaJolla, California, Thursday, 03 May 2007, after being hospitalized for a heart attack. He was earlier diagnosed with cancer.

Mission Logos for Sigma VII, Gemini VI, and Apollo VII
   
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  • Became only the second Naval Aviator to log 1,000 hours in a jet aircraft.
  • Exchange pilot with the US Air Force, flying 90 combat missions during the Korean Conflict. Credited with one MIG-15 shoot down, and damaging two others.
  • During his tour at NOTS tested weapons systems such as the Sidewinder Missile, flight testing of the F7U-3 Cutlass, and the F-4 Phantom.
  • One of the original seven American Astronauts
  • 03 October 1962 he became the fifth American in Space, piloting the Mercury 8(Sigma 7).
  • 15 December 1965, made his second flight into space in Gemini 6A with Tom Stafford, rendezvousing with astronauts Frank Borman and James Lovell Jr. in Gemini 7. This was the first rendezvous of two manned spacecraft in earth orbit. The two vehicles, however were not capable of actually docking.
  • 11 October 1968, he became the first man to fly in space three times on his flight as commander of Apollo 7, the first manned flight in the Apollo Program.
  • During the Apollo flight, he caught what was perhaps the most famous cold in NASA histroy. He took Actifed to relieve his symptoms upon the advice of the flight surgeon. Years later he became a spokeman for Actifed and would appear in television commericals advertising the product.
  • During later Apollo Missions he served as a news consultant, often being interviewed by Walter Cronkite on CBS News.
  • Only person to fly all three original Space Programs, Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo.
Wally's Favorite Flight Milestones:

Sigma VII:
  • Falling asleep on the way to the launch pad.
  • Answering Slayton on the onboard voice recorder "YBYSAIA"
  • Solving the coolant valve settings during the first orbit. Slowly adjusting.
  • Preflight work on reading yaw alttitude. This saved Cooper on MA-9.
  • Blew hatch on carrier deck and wounded right hand from the recoil of the push button, proving that Grissom did not blow the hatch on his flight.
Gemini VI:
  • First rendezvous ever.
  • The first "Beat Army" banner in space.
  • The first UFO reported from space with bells and the harmonica rendition of "Jingle Bells"
Apollo VII:
  • First three man crew.
  • First to have hot coffee in flight.
  • 10.8 days of "What can we do now?"
   
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  1948-1949, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL

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Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL Unit Page

Rank
Lieutenant

NEC
139X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot (In Training)

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 Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL Details

Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL

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Garrison - Training Command

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Existing

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Advancement Schools and Courses

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Formal School

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14 Members Also There at Same Time
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL

McKenzie, Robert Palmer, RADM, (1941-1982) OFF 139X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Adams, Richard C., CAPT OFF 139X Ensign
Noonan, William Donald, ENS, (1949-1950) OFF 139X Ensign
Schaefer, Paul Laverne, LTJG, (1948-1951) OFF 139X Ensign
Workman, John Charles, LT, (1948-1952) OFF 139X Ensign
Rutledge, Howard Elmer, CAPT, (1948-1980) OFF 139X Naval Aviation Cadet
Kerr, Robert George, LCDR, (1943-1967) OFF 131X Ensign
Lindland, Donald Fredrick, CDR, (1949-1972) OFF 00X Ensign
McCrary, Dewey, LCDR, (1945-1965) OFF 131X Ensign
Oxley, Irad Blair, LCDR, (1939-1951) OFF 6302 Lieutenant Commander
Bailey, William Coulter, CDR, (1944-1969) OFF 6302 Ensign
Coogan, Joseph, LCDR, (1943-1967) Ensign
Hubbs, Donald Richard, CDR, (1948-1968) Ensign
Mape, John Clement, CDR, (1949-1966) Ensign

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