Spaceflight Now: Apollo 13 Retrocast

Fred Wallace Haise, Jr.
Retro-posted: April 10, 1970

Portrait of Haise. Photo: NASA
Born in Biloxi, Miss., on Nov. 14, 1933; his mother, Mrs. Fred W. Haise, Sr., resides in Biloxi.

Physical description
Brown hair; brown eyes; height: 5 feet 9 1/2 inches; weight: 150 pounds.

Graduated from Biloxi High School, Biloxi, Miss.; attended Perkinston Junior College (Association of Arts); received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1959.

Marital Status
Married to the former Mary Griffin Grant of Biloxi, Miss. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William J. Grant Jr., reside in Biloxi.

Mary M., January 25, 1956; Frederick T., May 13, 1958; Stephen W., June 30, 1961.

Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Gamma Tau, and Phi Theta Kappa.

Special Honors
Recipient of the A.B. Honts Trophy as the outstanding graduate of class 64A from the Aerospace Research Pilot School in 1964, awarded the American Defense Ribbon and the Society of Experimental Test Pilots Ray E. Tenhoff Award for 1966.

Haise was a research pilot at the NASA Flight Research Center at Edwards, Calif., before coming to Houston and the Manned Spacecraft Center; and from September 1959 to March 1963, he was a research pilot at the NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. During this time, he authored the following papers which have been published: a NASA TND, entitled "An Evaluation of the Flying Qualities of Seven General-Aviation Aircraft;" NASA TND 3380, "Use of Aircraft for Zero Gravity Environment, May 1966;" SAE Business Aircraft Conference Paper, entitled "An Evaluation of General Aviation Aircraft Flying Qualities," March 30-April 1, 1966; and a paper delivered at the tenth symposium of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, entitled "A Quantitative/Qualitative Handling Qualities Evaluation of Seven General-Aviation Aircraft," 1966.

He was the Aerospace Research Pilots School's outstanding graduate of Class 64A and served with the U.S. Air Force from October 1961 to August 1962 as a tactical fighter pilot and as Chair of the 164th Standardization-Evaluation Flight of the 164th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Mansfield Ohio. from March 1957 to September 1959, he was a fighter-interceptor pilot with the 185th Fighter Interceptor Squadron in the Oklahoma Air National Guard.

He also served as a tactics and all weather flight instructor in the U.S. Navy Advanced Training Command at NAAS Kingsville, Texas, and was assigned as a U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot to VMF-533 and 114 at MCAS Cherry Point, N.C., from March 1954 to September 1956.

His military career began in October 1952 as a Naval Aviation Cadet at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla.

He has accumulated 5,800 hours flying time, including 3,000 hours in jets.

Current Assignment
Mr. Haise is one of the 19 astronauts selected by NASA in April 1966. He served as backup lunar module pilot for the Apollo 8 and 11 missions.

Current Salary
$1,698.00 per month.

Flight Data File
Mission: Apollo 13
Flight crew:
James A. Lovell, Jr.
John L. Swigert, Jr.
Fred W. Haise
Launch vehicle:
Saturn V AS-508
1913 GMT, April 11, 1970
Lunar landing site:
Fra Mauro

Pre-launch briefing
The rocket - A description of the Saturn V launch vehicle.

The launch - A brief story about what should happen during the departure from Earth.

Jim Lovell - Meet the mission commander.

Jack Swigert - Meet the command module pilot.

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