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Quick facts from Fred Haise

Birth Name: Fred Wallace Hayes Jr

Think: Fred Hayes Sr

the sea: Lucille (Blacksher) Hayes

Marriages: F. Pitt (Price) Hayes (1979 to present); Mary Griffin Grant (June 4, 1954-1978, divorced)

Children: With Mary Grant: Thomas Jesse, 1970; Stephen William, 1961; Frederick Thomas, 1958; Mary Margaret, 1956

Education: University of Oklahoma, BS in Aeronautical Engineering, 1959

Military Services: US Navy, Naval Aviation Cadet 1952-1954; US Marine Corps, 1954-1956; Oklahoma National Air Guard, 1957-1963; US Air Force, 1961-1962, Captain

Other facts

He served on the Apollo 11 safety crew with Jim Lovell and William Anders.

Enterprise space shuttle test pilot.

Very involved in fundraising and construction of the Infinity Science Center in Mississippi.


1952 – He joined the US Navy as a Naval Aviation Cadet at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida.

1954-1956 He is assigned as a fighter pilot in the US Navy.

1957He joins the Oklahoma Air National Guard.

1961-1962 – He has been called to active service by the US Air Force.

1956-1966 Research Test Pilot.

April 1966 – Haise is part of the fifth group of men selected by NASA to become astronauts.
April 11-17, 1970 – He serves as the pilot of the lunar module Apollo 13 with Commander Jim Lovell and Command Module Pilot John L. Swigert Jr. The mission lasted for five days, 22 hours, 54 minutes and 41 seconds. An oxygen tank explosion two and a half days into the flight ends the mission, and the rest of the time is devoted to working for the safe return of the crew.

April 17, 1970 – The crew splashed into the South Pacific, returning safely to Earth.

18 April 1970He receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Nixon.

23 August 1973 – The World War II trainer crashed and suffered second-degree burns over 65 percent of his body.
12 August 1977 – Ball the first test flight of the space shuttle Enterprise.

29 June 1979He resigned from NASA.

1979-1996 – He works for Grumman Aerospace Corporation.

October 4, 1997 – He is inducted into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame.

17 April 2021 – A bronze statue of the three Apollo 13 astronauts was formally unveiled in Houston, depicting the moment Hayes, Lowell and Swigert safely boarded the USS Iwo Jima. The sculpture is part of a larger exhibit at the Houston Space Center titled, “Apollo 13: Failure Is Not an Option”.


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