Posts: 138 From: Nieuw Vennep Registered: Jan 2007
posted 11-21-2009 08:22 AM
I am looking for information on Gerry Griffin. Anyone who has good info on which flights he worked and so on?
Posts: 1494 From: Greensboro, NC USA Registered: Feb 2006
posted 11-21-2009 09:19 AM
He was the "Gold Team" Flight Director, and was the lead Flight Director on Apollo 12, 15, and 17.
Posts: 4046 From: Geneva, Switzerland Registered: May 2006
posted 11-22-2009 12:09 AM
Flight director on:
Apollo 7, shift 3.
Apollo 9, shift 2.
Apollo 10, shift 2.
Apollo 11, shift 1, (with Clifford Charlesworth).
Apollo 12, shift 1.
Apollo 13, shift 2.
Apollo 14, shift 3.
Apollo 15, shift 1.
Apollo 16, shift 3 (with Neil Hutchinson and Charles Lewis).
Apollo 17, shift 1.
Source: Apollo: The Definitive Sourcebook, p566. Richard Orloff, David Harland. Springer-Praxis, 2006.
Posts: 235 From: Madisonville, Louisiana, U.S.A. Registered: Jan 2006
posted 11-22-2009 08:25 AM
I was just reading about him in Gene Kranz's "Failure Is Not An Option."
Griffin started off in the MCC during the Germini 6/7 mission at GNC. Kranz also mentions that Griffin was previously a Lockheed Agena engineer and in the military was a radar and weapons officer on McDonnell F-101 Voodoo interceptors.
Posts: 509 From: Plattsburgh, NY, United States Registered: Feb 2009
posted 11-22-2009 02:03 PM
I had the great pleasure of meeting Gerry Griffin at ASF earlier this month. He was one of the friendliest people I met that weekend and he seemed to genuinely enjoy chatting with people.
Posts: 599 From: Cinci, OH Registered: Mar 2006
posted 11-23-2009 12:13 PM
He participated in JSC's Oral History Project, if you want to do a little reading on him.
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Posts: 277 From: Kerry Ireland Registered: Dec 2001
posted 11-23-2009 03:39 PM
And from Spaceflight Now there's this interview:
Jay Chladek Member
Posts: 2211 From: Bellevue, NE, USA Registered: Aug 2007
posted 11-24-2009 01:19 PM
I met Gerry at the press site for Ares I-X and indeed he is a class act. He complimented me on my Ron Jon's shuttle T-shirt (one staple of my wardrobe when I visit Florida for launches).
We talked and he mentioned he was lucky enough to see a Saturn V lift off. As such, we were able to compare notes on Saturn, Shuttle and Ares in terms of how loud they were in comparison to one another. It was the launch of the Skylab OWS and it was the ONLY time he was in Florida to watch one live. After Apollo, he got transferred to NASA headquarters in DC, but he stayed in touch with his colleagues still in Houston.