Apollo 13 45th Anniversary Event at the San Diego Air & Space Museum on March 21

During five tension-filled days in the spring of 1970, the Apollo 13 crew of Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert struggled to survive in a crippled spacecraft. They were heading to the moon, planning to make America’s third lunar landing, when a disastrous explosion not only canceled their plans, but put their survival in serious doubt. Short on power, heat, water, and breathable air, their odds were not good. They made it safely back to earth because of their own efforts, in partnership with a determined team on the ground who performed ingenious engineering miracles to keep them alive.

The San Diego Air & Space Museum is offering a special and rare opportunity to meet the astronauts of Apollo 13, plus the key people on the ground who directed the efforts to help save them in space. Joining them will be others from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs to relate how they all triumphed over great adversity.

Confirmed attendees: Jim Lovell and Fred Haise (the surviving Apollo 13 Crew–Jack Swigert has since passed away), Bill Anders (Apollo 8), Gene Cernan (Apollo 10, Apollo 17), Glynn Lunney (Flight Director), Al Worden (Apollo 15), Walt Cunningham (Apollo 7), Gerry Griffin (Flight Director), Joe Engle (X-15, Space Shuttle), Rusty Schweickart (Apollo 9), Gene Kranz (Flight Director), Milt Windler (Flight Director), Charlie Duke (Apollo 16)

Invited: Astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Frank Borman, Vance Brand, Michael Collins, Dick Gordon, Ken Mattingly, Jim McDivitt, Harrison Schmitt, David Scott, Tom Stafford, John Young, John Glenn, Jack Lousma, Chris Kraft

Attire: Cocktail. Moderator: Mark Larson (AM 1170 Radio & KUSI TV)

This is a no autograph event.

Program:

Saturday, March 21, 2015

5:30pm Evening Reception

6:30pm Dinner and Program

Buy your tickets now! $295/ticket or $2950/table

For sponsorship information, please contact Diane Sutherland at 619.234.8291 x109 or e-mail [email protected]

Aviation history is truly a remarkable story, and it all unfolds at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Your journey through the history of flight begins as you stand beneath a model of the Montgolfier brothers’ hot air balloon of 1783 – the first manned vehicle in recorded history to break the bonds of gravity and lift humans above the Earth.

Rare specimens of aircraft suggest the excitement of air combat in the World War I Gallery. Marvel at the entertaining and dangerous antics of the barnstormers of the 1920s in the Golden Age of Flight Gallery.

Mint condition aircraft in a mint condition museum – a Spitfire Mk. XVI, a Navy F6F Hellcat and an A-4 Skyhawk jet – these beautifully restored airplanes help you appreciate the increasingly complex technology represented in the classic military aircraft of World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

The Museum’s display of space age technology, like the desire to journey to the stars, may never be finished, for it represents an adventure which the human race has truly just begun.

The mission of the San Diego Air & Space Museum is to:

Preserve significant artifacts of air and space history and technology.

Inspire excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Educate the public about the historical and social significance of air and space technology and engage its promise for the future.

Celebrate aviation and space flight history and technology.

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