Jack Swigert, Jr

Jack Swigert, Jr

Original Name John Leonard Swigert
Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
Death 27 Dec 1982 (aged 51)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA
Plot 17-1-15-9
Memorial ID 6282 · View Source
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Astronaut, US Congressman. Born John Leonard Swigert in Denver, Colorado, he served with the US Air Force as a fighter pilot 1953 to 1956 and with the Air National Guard 1957 to 1965. He held a position as engineering test pilot for North American Aviation, Inc. before joining NASA as an Astronaut in April 1966. He served as a member of the astronaut support crew for the Apollo 7 mission and was assigned command module pilot as a late replacement ten days before the Apollo 13 moon mission on April 11, 1970. Approximately 55 hours into the mission the flight plan was modified en-route to the moon due to a failure of the Apollo 13 service module cryogenic oxygen system. Together with fellow crewmen, James A. Lovell and Fred W. Haise, they worked closely with Houston ground controllers, converted their lunar module "Aquarius" into a effective lifeboat. Thus a possible space disaster resulted into a successful failure which safely returned the crew to earth. Swigert took a leave of absence from NASA to become Executive Director of the Committee on Science and Technology in 1973. He resigned from NASA and the committee in August 1977. In November 1982, he was elected as a Republican to the US Congress but died of cancer before he could take his oath of office.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jack Swigert, Jr (30 Aug 1931–27 Dec 1982), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6282, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .