Theodore C. Freeman
February 18, 1930 - October 31, 1964
Bachelor of Science, U.S. Naval Academy
Master of Science, Aeronautical Engineering,
University of Michigan
About the Man
Theodore Freeman graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1960, he received a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Freeman graduated from both the Air Force's Experimental Test Pilot and Aerospace Research Pilot Courses. He served with the Air Force. He served as a flight test aeronautical engineer and experimental flight test instructor at the Aerospace Research Pilot School, at Edwards Air Force Base in California. His responsibilities included performance flight testing and stability testing areas.
Freeman was chosen as one of fourteen astronauts chosen in October of 1963. Sadly, Freeman never got to go into space. He died just one year after being chosen by NASA on October 31, 1964, at Ellington Air Force Base, Houston, Texas, in the crash of a T-38 jet. His work in the testing and engineering of jet airplanes helped pave the way for future spaceflights to the moon.
To read more about how Ted Freeman helped make
the Gemini Project a success, please visit:
On the Shoulders of Titans: A History of Project Gemini
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