John Glenn: from MiG Killer to Oldest Man in Space

Pad Director Günter Wendt gets Glenn to crack a smile after one of MA-6’s many delays. Wendt, whom Glenn nicknamed “der Führer of der Launch Pad,” was a Luftwaffe engineer during World War II, then emigrated to the United States after the war. He drove trucks until earning his citizenship in 1955 and went to work for McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis, Mo.. Wendt was in charge of the close-out crew for all manned Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions.

Author: Chris Carter

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