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John Glenn

John Glenn

The Man That Could Do Anything




Flying Cross


Friendship 7

G-force (with g from gravitational) is a measurement of acceleration felt as weight. Glenn did many tests with G-force such as breaking a record in flight and traveling faster than sound.

Major John Glenn was awarded a Flying Cross on July 18, 1957 when he became the first man to span the continent at a speed faster than that of sound. He did this when he piloted a Chance-Vought F8U-1 on July 16, 1957.

John H. Glenn was born on July 18, 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio. He was always with older children since his father loved to travel. His mother tutored him and he became interested in science, flying, and space. After John Glenn graduated from high school he attended Muskingum College and received a degree in engineering. He later joined the American war effort in 1942 by entering into the Naval Aviation Cadet Program. He was sent to the Pacific in World War II and he flew 59 combat missions. Later he served in the Korean war and flew another 90 combat missions. He then enrolled in the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland. In 1957 he set a new speed record for traveling from Los Angeles to New York. He went from coast to coast in three hours and 23 minutes .Glenn’s experience and skill made him a candidate for the astronaut corps being formed during 1958. He entered the space program as a participant in the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics’ “G” force tests. In 1959, NASA selected him as one of the first seven astronauts in the U.S. space program. They had hard training to prepare themselves for space travel. On February 20, 1962, atop an Atlas rocket, Glenn rode into space in the Friendship 7 spacecraft. He went around the Earth three times and became the first American to orbit the earth. There were many parades in his honor. President John F. Kennedy even gave him the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and the two became friends. Kennedy encouraged Glenn to consider a life in public service. After a few failed attempts, Glenn was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1974. He served four terms in Congress and was on several committees, including the Committee on Government Affairs. Outspoken on many issues, Glenn wanted more funds for space exploration, science and education. In 1984, he even made a bid to be the Democratic presidential nomination. On October 29, 1998, Glenn went back to space on the space shuttle Discovery. This nine day mission had many goals, including an investigation on aging and space travel. Glenn was known as the man who could do anything from astronaut to senator.

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Friendship 7 was the space shuttle that made history on 2/20/62 because it orbited Earth 3 times with John H. Glenn as the pilot. This gave America a huge step in the space race. The shuttle had many malfunctions before the launch such as the fuel tank not working and many weather problems. The shuttle still got Glenn to orbit earth and come back safely.

By Jason Rezac


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