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saturn1b
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posted 06-14-2007 08:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for saturn1b   Click Here to Email saturn1b     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I wanted to share this with the group. Yesterday, 6-13-07, we had the pleasure and honor of visiting with German rocket scientist Oscar Holderer right here in my office. Oscar came to America with Werner von Braun during Project Paperclip. It was a real fun visit and I made a new friend.

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Ken Havekotte
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posted 06-14-2007 10:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice to see Holderer looking so well. Yes, indeed, he was one of the original von Braun team of rocket specialists from Peenemunde, White Sands, and Huntsville having worked on the A4/V2, Wasserfall, and the Saturn V moon rocket. Oscar C. Holderer was one of the oldtimers, along with many others, that I have never met. But we did correspond briefly throughout the 1970s.
Can you tell us any interesting stories, more about his rocketry career, etc. that he may have shared with you during his visit?

saturn1b
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posted 06-15-2007 08:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for saturn1b   Click Here to Email saturn1b     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Over the last few weeks he has shared some fascinating stories from his past that he has asked to remain private. So I must respect that. But he did say that he is not that 'deep' into space anymore. Having been a part of it for so long, I suppose that it's not that big a deal now. He's a very quite and humble man that doesn't think he's anyone special. I, on the other hand, was thrilled with his visit. And I hope to be able to visit with him again when I get to Alabama. He did talk about his work with the Space & Rocket Center when the Apollo simulators were donated after they were obsolete. He went through them to make them more useful for operations in Space Camp. And he also mentioned his work with wind tunnels. But for the most part we just visited and talked about my welding and fabrication shop (which he used to be very much into) and life out here in the mountains.

eurospace
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posted 06-16-2007 07:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ken Havekotte:
Nice to see Holderer looking so well.


At 87 years of age today, Holderer was - I think - the youngest member of von Braun's group.


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Jürgen P Esders
Berlin, Germany
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