CAF Wings Over Houston | Ellington Airport, Houston

October 14 - 15, 2023

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Gene Kranz – Failure Is Not an Option – L&H 2021-FB

failure is not an option: meet the man behind the words – gene kranz is coming to the wings over houston airshow in 2021! visit him at the legends & heroes autograph tent!

Apollo 11, Apollo 13, NASA legend, USAF fighter pilot …. He’s coming to Airshow! We are honored to host Gene Kranz in 2021 at the Wings Over Houston Airshow Legends & Heroes Autograph Tent. Mr. Kranz is most known for his historic career with NASA, but he is no stranger to Airshows and aviation (National Aviation Hall of Fame inductee in 2015). After receiving his B.S. degree in aeronautical engineering from Parks College of St. Louis University in 1954, Kranz was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force, and flew high performance jet fighter aircraft, including the F-80, F-86, and F-100. In 1958, he worked as a flight-test engineer for McDonnell Aircraft, developing the Quail Decoy Missile for B-52 and B-47 aircraft.

Gene Kranz at Mission Control

Kranz joined the NASA Space Task Group at Langley, Virginia, in 1960, and was assigned the position of assistant flight director for Project Mercury. He assumed flight director duties for all Project Gemini Missions, and was branch chief for Flight Control Operations. He was selected as division chief for Flight Control in 1968, and continued his duties as a flight director for the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing before taking over the leadership of the Apollo 13 “Tiger Team.” He was discharged from the Air Force Reserve as a Captain in 1972. He contributed his expertise to a number of other NASA missions during his career, including the Skylab Program. After the Skylab Program concluded, he was named deputy director of Flight Operations for NASA, which gave him the responsibility for space flight planning, training and mission operations, aircraft operations, and flight crew operations. In 1983, he was assigned the post of director of Mission Operations, and given the responsibility for all aspects of mission design, development, maintenance, and operations of all related mission facilities, as well as the preparation of the Space Shuttle flight software.

Gene Kranz Apollo 13
Check out this video of Mr. Kranz talking about what it takes to be a Flight Director. We cannot wait for you to meet him at the Airshow. hear his stories firsthand, ask him your questions, bring your NASA gear for this truly legendary man to sign. This is a great opportunity! 

For a full list of who will be joining Gene Kranz as our esteemed guests at Legend & Heroes Autograph Tent, please CLICK HERE

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Info & image Sources:

  • https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/Gene-Kranz-Bio.pdf
  • YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7SefGD86Uw
  • Top Photo: https://nypost.com/2019/07/04/nasa-legend-gene-kranz-revisits-iconic-astronaut-missions/
  • Bottom Photo: https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/happy-birthday-mr-kranz

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