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Robert Pearlman

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posted 05-08-2004 05:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Splashdown: NASA and the Navy
by Don Blair
The first ever publication detailing the Navy's role in manned spacecraft recovery starting in 1961 and continuing into 1975, from Alan Shepard's initial sub-orbital mission to the Apollo-Soyuz flight which inaugurated the first space collaboration between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

"Splashdown, NASA and The Navy" takes the reader through a detailed explanation of how recovery forces, on land, sea, and in the air, were developed and deployed across the globe to be trained and ready for any and all emergencies and eventualities.

The book gives concise histories of all prime recovery ships as well as the back-up ships which stepped in, on several occasions, to successfully perform recoveries when the designated prime carriers could not.

Every ships history is followed by an equally concise re-telling of the space missions themselves. Mission patches are also included for the ships, the manned missions and the helicopter squadrons.

For the first time in any hardcover publication - a complete list of EVERY ship involved, not just in the manned missions, but the unmanned missions as well. This listing is broken down into Atlantic and Pacific fleets and all ships (236 different vessels) are identified as to type carrier, destroyer, oiler, etc.

A tidy accounting of behind-the-scenes activities which didn't make the headlines but underline the need to relax and unwind during an extended sea tour all the while perfecting the primary mission -- the successful recovery of all the nation's men in space.

The Navy's ships, men and aircraft stepped in time and time again to play their vital role in the space program and just as often, returned to their regular assignments and deployments with little or no fanfare. Now their side of the story is told.

About the Author:
Don Blair was born and raised in New Jersey but, after a two year Army hitch, began a nearly 50 year career in radio and television in 1955, commuting from homes in southern Connecticut. From 1965 to 1989 he worked for all four radio networks in New York City, writing and delivering an estimated 25,000 newscast during that period. His 1969 world-wide reporting from the USS Hornet, during the Apollo 11 splashdown, was one of the largest radio audience of all times. He remains involved in broadcasting, freelance writing and producing television shows, from his home on the Central Florida gulf coast.

The initial public release of this book will be aboard the Apollo recovery ship USS Hornet in July, where Don Blair will be speaking about his spacecraft recovery experiences and signing first run copies of "Splashdown".


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posted 05-08-2004 09:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for star51L   Click Here to Email star51L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am very much looking forward to the release of this book! Thanks for the news Robert.


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posted 05-09-2004 03:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like an interesting book, nice new angle to the stories.

Look forward to reading it.


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posted 06-14-2010 01:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A paperback edition is due this month.


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posted 06-14-2010 02:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lasv3   Click Here to Email Lasv3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And a similar one "Moon Men Return" by Scott W.Carmichel just available from Amazon. After only forty pages I can say it's a great reading full of previously untold stories - most amazing so far is the story how the searchlight for USS Hornet was provided by two Hornet crewmembers. Also the grainy, but the only authentic photo of the Apollo 11 splashdown is in the book. I definitely recommend to buy.

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