Fifty Years Ago Today

My First Hero

From L:  White, Grissom, Chaffee

From L: White, Grissom, Chaffee

Fifty years ago today, Apollo 1 caught fire during a training evolution, killing the three astronauts aboard, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee.

If I remember correctly, at six years old, the space program was new and exciting.  Maybe because my grandfather’s name was Gus, I considered Grissom my first hero and I recall hearing about the accident the next morning as news didn’t travel as fast back then, (and I went to bed before the nightly news).

Here is a very interesting story from The Washington Post: “We have a fire in the cockpit!”, The Apollo 1 disaster 50 years later.

Their deaths lead to safety procedures that allowed us to land on the moon and return safely to earth.

I have driven by The Grissom Air Museum several times, (Thats I-31 on the right margin of the picture on the link)  but have never been able to stop.  Driving by, back in December prompted me to do a little research and be ready for today’s anniversary.

May their sacrifice and memories be eternal.


About Ray V.

Living in Aiken, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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One Response to Fifty Years Ago Today

  1. That was a tragic day.


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