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Flying Dutchman

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From: Nieuw Vennep
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posted 11-21-2009 08:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Flying Dutchman   Click Here to Email Flying Dutchman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am looking for information on Gerry Griffin. Anyone who has good info on which flights he worked and so on?


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posted 11-21-2009 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He was the "Gold Team" Flight Director, and was the lead Flight Director on Apollo 12, 15, and 17.


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From: Geneva, Switzerland
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posted 11-22-2009 12:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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.


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posted 11-22-2009 08:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstronautBrian   Click Here to Email AstronautBrian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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.


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posted 11-22-2009 02:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJ   Click Here to Email AJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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.


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posted 11-23-2009 12:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He participated in JSC's Oral History Project, if you want to do a little reading on him.

irish guy

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posted 11-23-2009 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for irish guy   Click Here to Email irish guy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And from Spaceflight Now there's this interview:

Jay Chladek

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posted 11-24-2009 01:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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.

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