Jack Swigert

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John Swigert
Jack Swigert.jpg
Member-elect of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 6th district

Died before taking office
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byDaniel Schaefer
Personal details
BornAugust 30, 1931
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
DiedDecember 27, 1982(1982-12-27) (aged 51)
Washington D.C., U.S.
Resting placeMount Olivet Cemetery,
Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Political partyRepublican
ParentsJohn L. Swigert, M.D.
Virginia Swigert
Alma materUniversity of Colorado,
B.S. 1953
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, M.S. 1965
University of Hartford,
MBA 1967
OccupationFighter pilot, test pilot
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceU.S. Air Force (1953–1956)
MA ANG (1957–1960)
CT ANG (1960–1965)
Years of service1953–1965
RankUS-O3 insignia.svg Captain
OccupationFighter pilot, test pilot
AwardsPresidential Medal of Freedom NASA Distinguished Service Medal.jpg
Space career
Time in space
5d 22h 54m
Mission insignia
Apollo 13-insignia.png
RetirementAugust 1977 [1]

John Leonard "Jack" Swigert, Jr. (August 30, 1931 – December 27, 1982) was an American test pilot, mechanical engineer, aerospace engineer, United States Air Force pilot, and NASA astronaut, one of the 24 persons who have flown to the Moon.[2][3] After leaving NASA, he was elected to Congress from Colorado's new 6th district, but died before being sworn in.

Swigert died in Washington, D.C. from respiratory failure caused by nose cancer, aged 51.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "John L. Swigert Jr., NASA Astronaut (Deceased)". NASA JSC. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  2. Eicher, Diane (December 19, 1982). "Ex-astronaut's challenge". Beaver County Times. (Denver Post). p. B2.
  3. Treaster, Joseph B. (December 29, 1982). "Jack Swigert, astronaut elected to Congress, dies". New York Times. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  4. "Jack Swigert loses fight against cancer". Ocala Star-Banner. Associated Press. Dec 28, 1982. p. 4D.

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