Apollo Pilot: The Memoir of Astronaut Donn Eisele

Apollo Pilot The Memoir of Astronaut Donn Eisele In October Donn Eisele flew with fellow astronauts Walt Cunningham and Wally Schirra into Earth orbit in Apollo The first manned mission in the Apollo program and the first manned flight after

  • Title: Apollo Pilot: The Memoir of Astronaut Donn Eisele
  • Author: Donn Eisele Francis French Susan Eisele Black
  • ISBN: 9780803262836
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In October 1968 Donn Eisele flew with fellow astronauts Walt Cunningham and Wally Schirra into Earth orbit in Apollo 7 The first manned mission in the Apollo program and the first manned flight after a fire during a launch pad test killed three astronauts in early 1967, Apollo 7 helped restart NASA s manned spaceflight program Known to many as a goofy, lighthearted prankIn October 1968 Donn Eisele flew with fellow astronauts Walt Cunningham and Wally Schirra into Earth orbit in Apollo 7 The first manned mission in the Apollo program and the first manned flight after a fire during a launch pad test killed three astronauts in early 1967, Apollo 7 helped restart NASA s manned spaceflight program Known to many as a goofy, lighthearted prankster, Eisele worked his way from the U.S Naval Academy to test pilot school and then into the select ranks of America s prestigious astronaut corps He was originally on the crew of Apollo 1 before being replaced due to injury After that crew died in a horrific fire, Eisele was on the crew selected to return Americans to space Despite the success of Apollo 7, Eisele never flew in space again, as divorce and a testy crew commander led to the three astronauts being labeled as troublemakers Unbeknownst to everyone, after his retirement as a technical assistant for manned spaceflight at NASA s Langley Research Center in 1972, Eisele wrote in detail about his years in the air force and his time in the Apollo program Long after his death, Francis French discovered Eisele s unpublished memoir, and Susie Eisele Black Donn s widow allowed French access to her late husband s NASA files and personal effects Readers can now experience an Apollo story they assumed would never be written as well as the story behind its discovery.

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    1. "Apollo Pilot" is the reconstructed memoirs of Donn Eisele, the "forgotten" crew member of the "forgotten Apollo mission," Apollo 7. Editor Francis French has painstakingly assembled a coherent narrative from the collected sheets of faded, typed onionskin documents that lay nearly forgotten in Eisele's stored personal effects for more than 20 years after the astronaut unexpectedly died of a heart attack in December 1987. French wisely avoided the temptation to render Eisele's writings more polit [...]

    2. This book is not nearly as thorough as I would like and leaves out numerous details, but I still appreciated gaining Donn Eisele's perspective of his selection into the astronaut corps, his criticism of NASA management in the wake of the Apollo 1 fire, and the Apollo 7 flight that he made the following year. If he had lived longer, he might have added some additional thoughts. Yet he died of a heart attack during a 1987 trip to Japan and we are left with this brief manuscript he compiled before [...]

    3. The (quite literal) first draft of history, as told colloquially by the Apollo program's black sheep. It focuses primarily on his career up to the Apollo 7 mission, though his widow adds background on the extramarital affair with her which effectively grounded him afterwards and its aftermath. What I read on Eisele painted him to be a real asshole, and while his account doesn't entirely exonerate him from that charge, it does humanize him and paints him as someone with a catty sense of humor but [...]

    4. I first learned of Donn Eisele (and learned to correctly pronounce the name) while reading the excellent "In the Shadow of the Moon" by Francis French and Colin Burgess. I was instantly intrigued and drawn into Eisele's story, wishing to know more. This recently discovered memoir, wonderfully edited and with a helpful foreword by Francis French, is a treasure. No wonder Donn Eisele's widow (Susie Eisele Black, who wrote the poignant afterword) was so eager to see this work in print, and so delig [...]

    5. Apollo Pilot: The Memoir of Astronaut Donn Eisele: Donn EiseleI love to learn more of the early space exploration from the perspective of those who were there. I live 30 miles from Cosmosphere Space Museum, and after listening to this makes me want to visit to see what more I can learn.The narration was well done. Kevin Pierce is a delight to listen to read. A wonderful way to pass a cold winter day."I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/ [...]

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