Don Eisele, (June 23, 1930 – December 2, 1987) was a United States Air Force test pilot and later a NASA astronaut. He occupied the command module pilot seat during the flight of Apollo 7 in 1968. After retiring from both NASA and the Air Force, he became the United States Peace Corps country director for Thailand, before moving into private business. Luthor B. Turner Lodge No. 732, Columbus Ohio.
June 20, 1941: The United States Department of War creates the United States Army Air Forces, with General Henry H. Arnold as its first commander. As part of the reorganization, General Headquarters Air Force is renamed Air Force Combat Command; the new Army Air Forces organization consists of Air Force Combat Command (its combat element) and the United States Army Air Corps (its logistics and training element). Pictured here: Ira Eaker, General of the USAAF during World War II
NASA's Astronaut Group 5 ('Original 19') selected by NASA in April 1966. Of the six Lunar Module Pilots that walked on Moon, three came from Group 5. The group as a whole is roughly split between half who flew to Moon (nine in all) & other half who flew Skylab & Shuttle, providing core of Shuttle Commanders early in that program. This group is also distinctive in being only time when NASA hired a person into astronaut corps who had already earned astronaut wings, X-15 pilot Joe Engle.
These eleven civilian scientists "The Excess Eleven" were assigned on July 26, 1967, to begin training for astronaut positions with NASA. The group is second of NASA's first 6 classes of astronaut trainees to be selected specifically on basis of scientific education versus aviation backgrounds. Seated L-R: Philip Chapman, Robert Parker, William Thornton & John Llewellyn. Standing L-R: Joseph Allen, Karl Henize, Anthony England, Donald Holmquest, Story Musgrave, William Lenoir & Brian…