Elliott M. See

July 23, 1927 - February 28, 1966

 

About the Man:

Born July 23, 1927 Dallas, Texas
Bachelor of Science, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Master of Science in Engineering, UCLA

Elliot See was a Naval Aviator from 1953 to 1956. He worked for the General Electric Company from 1949 to 1953 and 1956 to 1962 as a flight test engineer. See also served as a group leader and experimental test pilot.

See served as aproject pilot on J79-8 engine development program in connection with F4H aircraft. He conducted powerplant flight tests on the a variety of planes. See's work also included flying in all types of aircraft including the F-86, XF4D, F-104, F11F-1F, RB-66, F4H, and T-38 aircraft. Elliot See logged over 3,700 hours flying time, including 3,200 hours in jet aircraft

NASA selected Elliott M.See, Jr.as one of nine pilot astronauts in September 1962. He participated in all aspects of the astronaut training program. See was also given responsibility for monitoring the design and development of guidance and navigation systems. He aided in the coordination for mission planning. He was selected as command pilot for the Gemini 9 flight.

Unfortunately, Mr. See never got to go into space. He died on February 28, 1966, in St. Louis, Missouri, in the crash of a T-38 aircraft.

 

To read more about how Elliot See helped make the Gemini Project a success, please visit:

On the Shoulders of Titans: A History of Project Gemini

 


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