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posted 11-16-2005 08:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron@aol.com   Click Here to Email albatron@aol.com     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Noted test pilot and MOL selectee Dick Laweyer passed away over the weekend. I received this email from the SETP:

<<We sadly report that Dick Lawyer passed away last Saturday night after
returning from a fabulous hunting trip in Colorado. Dick was in great health and
was scheduled to fly at NTPS yesterday. The cause of death appears to be
deep vein thrombosis, possibly caused by the long drive home. A memorial
service has been scheduled at the National Test Pilot School on Saturday, December
17th, at 1:00 pm. Dick will be buried with full military honors at
Arlington Cemetery on Thursday, 5 January. In lieu of flowers, the family has
requested contributions to the SETP Scholarship Foundation.>>

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posted 11-16-2005 11:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On behalf of the entire collectSPACE family, our condolences to the Lawyer family.

Readers might remember that Col. Lawyer's MOL spacesuit was recently discovered at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Air & Space Magazine interviewed him in connection to the story for an article that ran in the Aug/Sep issue ("Soundings: 008's Spacesuit").

An observation: Col. Lawyer passed away 40 years to the day (November 12) after he was selected for the MOL program.

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posted 11-17-2005 12:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cfreeze79   Click Here to Email cfreeze79     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a toast...

Philip
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posted 11-17-2005 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
By The Way, how many MOL astronauts were selected? ( I only have 8 portraits in my MOL collection ) ...

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posted 11-17-2005 09:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There were eight (including Lawyer) selected on November 12, 1965. A second group of five were named on June 30, 1966, with a third group of four were selected on June 30, 1967.

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posted 11-17-2005 01:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I wrote to astronauts as a kid, Lawyer was one of the most overwhelmingly generous... he would write long handwritten letters back answering all kinds of questions. A most gracious guy, and I was very sorry to hear of his passing.

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posted 11-17-2005 04:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carmelo   Click Here to Email carmelo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
MOL project is still little known.I would want to see photos of training,concept arts,films,spacesuits,ecc.P.S.condolences. Rest in peace Col. Lawyer.

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posted 11-17-2005 06:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Isbell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Was the MOL program the same as the "Blue Gemini" projct ?

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posted 11-18-2005 06:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carmelo   Click Here to Email carmelo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No.

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posted 11-18-2005 07:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by carmelo:
No.

Actually, not quite that simple. As military uses of Gemini technology, both programs overlapped in many ways.

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posted 11-21-2005 07:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My son, who is a Major in the Air Force stationed at Edwards AFB,, was at the National Test Pilot School the past two weeks for training. Come to find out, Mr. Lawyer was supposed to fly with his class. Too bad he missed the opportunity to meet this fine gentleman.

He said the class sent a card to the family.

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posted 11-29-2005 04:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for karlitko   Click Here to Email karlitko     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very sad news...

nice pictures of him flying can be seen here: http://www.mojaveweblog.com/pages/051119-1.html

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