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Posted: 12/31/2007 7:32:12 AM EST
My dad was stationed aboard the USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39) in 1961 when Alan Sheppard piloted Freedom 7 as America's first man in space.

I was stationed on the Roosevelt (CVN-71) thirty years later...

He took some photos that I had never seen. They were made into slides and stuck in a closet years ago.

It is cool that he was a witness to history.
Anyhow... here ya go!

Pretty cool...


Link Posted: 12/31/2007 7:38:42 AM EST
... Very cool!
Link Posted: 12/31/2007 7:55:30 AM EST

... Very cool!


Thanks for sharing the photos!
Link Posted: 12/31/2007 7:57:57 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/31/2007 8:23:55 AM EST
Awesome pics!  Thanks for posting them!!!
Link Posted: 12/31/2007 9:07:55 AM EST
Can you imagine being stuck in that trash can size capsul for more than a few minuets, those guys were real troopers.
Link Posted: 12/31/2007 1:36:33 PM EST
Wow, I remember seeing Alan Sheppard on tv when he returned. Great memories, Thanks!!
Link Posted: 12/31/2007 7:43:13 PM EST
Thanks for sharing!  Ahh, the era when America's might shone peacefully throughout the world. Now our sword is unsheathed, striking and cleaving at our foes.  For the good ole days when we only worried about the commies.
Link Posted: 1/1/2008 8:05:15 AM EST
Those Indian Orange flight suits were always cool.  Not at all tactical of course.  But they weren't designed for combat use.  They were designed to make it easier for rescue forces to spot a pilot who had to punch out over wilderness terrain.  Thanks for sharing some great historic pics.
Link Posted: 1/1/2008 8:39:29 AM EST
That is awesome.
Link Posted: 1/1/2008 8:49:57 AM EST
Wow, great pictures thanks for sharing them with us.  I had forgotten how tiny those Mercury capsules were.
Link Posted: 1/1/2008 8:56:11 AM EST
Personal photos are the best!  Thanks for sharing yours.
Link Posted: 1/1/2008 9:03:17 AM EST
Contact NASA and see if they have any interest in those photos.   They're very good and definitely historic.

Link Posted: 1/5/2008 9:00:05 AM EST
Great pics!

Alan Shepard was a very brave guy... those old launch boosters had a failure rate only slightly better than 40%!

Link Posted: 1/5/2008 9:04:28 AM EST
Way cool man, thanks for sharing!  
Link Posted: 1/5/2008 1:09:37 PM EST
I hope you don't mind, but I sent these pictures to my dad.. back in that time frame, he worked for Sikorsky painting those same helicopters.. wouldn't be surprised if he paited those in the pictures
Link Posted: 1/5/2008 1:11:19 PM EST
Just watched "The Right Stuff" last night - great pics!
Link Posted: 1/11/2008 4:41:40 AM EST

Contact NASA and see if they have any interest in those photos.   They're very good and definitely historic.


+1, and maybe the Smithsonian too.

Thanks for posting them.
Link Posted: 1/11/2008 6:15:22 AM EST
Wow, that's some real history there!
Link Posted: 1/20/2008 9:33:40 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/20/2008 9:38:30 PM EST
Very Awesome!
Link Posted: 1/21/2008 6:12:27 PM EST
Those pics are out of this world!  Sorry.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 6:26:29 PM EST
Thanks for sharing.  Please feel free to share more.
Link Posted: 1/22/2008 6:36:05 PM EST
It takes quite a set to sit atop a few tons of explosive waiting for someone to touch it off, all the time crossing your fingers that the brains on the ground got it right.

Most of the time they got it right.

We should never forget the men and women who gave there lives reaching for the stars.

I hope to be in that position someday.
Link Posted: 1/30/2008 5:30:44 PM EST
Oh lord, those are the some of the coolest pictures Ive ever seen on arfcom. THANK YOU for sharing!
Link Posted: 1/31/2008 12:18:40 PM EST
Awesome pics!
Link Posted: 2/3/2008 8:27:50 AM EST
Great pics!
Link Posted: 2/9/2008 8:50:50 PM EST
AWESOME PICS!! Thanks for sharing.  I love that that incredible spacecraft is resting on a bunch of old mattresses!!!!
Link Posted: 2/9/2008 9:01:54 PM EST
Cool pics
Link Posted: 2/9/2008 9:05:31 PM EST
That is awesome
Link Posted: 2/9/2008 9:26:55 PM EST
Outstanding!  Thanks for sharing.
Link Posted: 2/17/2008 8:21:02 AM EST
Sweet Pics     Your dad took pics of the biggest hoax in history
Link Posted: 2/19/2008 5:07:03 AM EST
Link Posted: 2/19/2008 5:11:18 AM EST

Sweet Pics     Your dad took pics of the biggest hoax in history

I did not see OJ Simpson or James Brolin in any of those pictures!!    WTF?!
Link Posted: 6/22/2008 10:41:12 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/22/2008 10:51:32 AM EST

Sweet Pics     Your dad took pics of the biggest hoax in history

here is another example of the stupidity and example of the failures of today education system.

To the OP: thanks for the pics!
Link Posted: 6/22/2008 11:15:48 AM EST
As long as the thread is bumped anyway.......

I showed this thread to all of my history/aviation/space nut family and they all said it was just the coolest thing ever. Thanks again for sharing!
Link Posted: 6/22/2008 11:27:22 AM EST
Very cool!
Link Posted: 6/22/2008 11:29:10 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/22/2008 12:01:51 PM EST
looks like some poor squids had to sacrifice their matresses for the cause.
Link Posted: 7/15/2008 10:00:23 PM EST
Wonderful pics! Thanks!
Link Posted: 7/15/2008 10:24:55 PM EST
Wow, those are real history...
Link Posted: 7/22/2008 9:35:01 AM EST
Great shots!
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