Retired NASA astronaut and test pilot Fred Haise was honored Aug. 13 by the Lancaster, Calif., Jethawks baseball team at its Aerospace Appreciation Night.
Best known as one of the Apollo 13 crew who made it back to Earth safely on their 1970 lunar mission after an oxygen tank explosion disabled their Apollo service module, Haise was joined on the field for pre-game ceremonies by retired NASA astronaut Gordon Fullerton and pilots Fitz Fulton and Tom McMurtry. Haise and Fullerton flew three of the five free flights of the prototype space shuttle Enterprise during the shuttle Approach and Landings Tests in 1977, while Fulton and McMurtry piloted the modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft that carried Enterprise aloft for the flight tests.
The crowd at the Lancaster Municipal Stadium was also wowed by a flyover of a NASA Dryden F/A-18 flown by Dryden pilot Troy Asher and videographer Lori Losey.
Haise's visit to the Antelope Valley included an Aug. 12 tour of the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale and Dryden's main campus Aug. 11, where he spoke to employees about his three years as a test pilot at the Flight Research Center from 1963 to 1966 before joining the astronaut corps at the Johnson Space Center.
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|A long line of fans waited to obtain autographs from Asher and Losey.||Lancaster Jethawks mascot Kaboom joins retired NASA astronauts and test pilots Fred Haise, Fitz Fulton, Tom McMurtry and Gordon Fullerton (L-R) for a "Thumbs-up!" during pre-game ceremonies on the field.|
|A low-level flyover by a NASA Dryden F/A-18 highlighted pre-game ceremonies.||NASA Dryden pilot Troy Asher and videographer Lori Losey drew a round of applause from appreciative baseball fans when they appeared on the field after their spectacular pre-game flyover in a NASA F/A-18.|
|Retired NASA astronaut and test pilot Fred Haise throws out a slider for the ceremonial first pitch at the Aerospace Appreciation Night game between the Lancaster Jethawks and the San Jose Giants.||Haise autographs one of hundreds of bobble-head dolls in his likeness for a young fan.|