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Gene Kranz, Apollo 13 Flight Leader, To Be Honored Guest At SWRFI


Eugene F. "Gene" Kranz
Eugene F. "Gene" Kranz

January 11 , 2007 — Aerospace icon and a hero of the ill-fated Apollo 13 lunar mission, Eugene F. "Gene" Kranz, will be the honored guest at this year's Southwest Regional Fly In (SWRFI), slated for June 1-2, at Hondo Municipal Airport, Texas. Kranz served as lead flight director of the aborted April 1970 mission and played a crucial role in safely returning its crew to earth after an oxygen tank exploded and crippled the spacecraft shortly after launch from Cape Canaveral.

Kranz's resourcefulness and leadership was instrumental in saving the Apollo crew and infused NASA with a sense of pride and accomplishment, which led to the development of the Space Shuttle.

The Apollo 13 mission was immortalized in a smash hit movie in 1995. Actor Ed Harris' portrayal of Kranz earned him an academy award nomination. He is credited with the phrase, "Failure is not an option," which is also the title of his 2000 book, Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond.

For more information, visit the Southwest Regional Fly In Website.

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