In February 1962, he turned the 1st American to orbit the Earth. considering then John Herschel Glenn Jr. has stood within the renowned mind's eye as a quintessentially American hero. In John Glenn: America's Astronaut, a unique variation book that includes forty five attractive images in addition to a video, Chaikin explores Glenn's route to greatness. John Glenn features new information on Glenn's choice as an astronaut in 1959, newly synchronized onboard movie and audio of Glenn's harrowing reentry from orbit on his 1962 Mercury challenge, infrequently noticeable photos of Glenn in orbit and from the toilet Glenn documents at Ohio kingdom college, in addition to new, touching reminiscenes of Glenn's 1998 go back to house from his area trip crewmates. Glenn is the embodiment of the heritage of human spaceflight and the indefatigable American spirit, and John Glenn: America's Astronaut is his striking tale.
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With Marine squadron VMF-311 in Korea, 1953. In February 1953 Glenn arrived at Marine air base K-3 close to P’ohang to affix squadron VMF-311. They flew the F9F Panther, a seriously armed, straight-wing Grumman fighter-bomber. It was once impressive to be again within the camaraderie of wartime flyers. because it occurred, VMF-311 additionally integrated Boston pink Sox slugger Ted Williams, who introduced an identical perfectionism to his flying that he did to hitting a baseball. (His squadron buddies couldn’t withstand nicknaming him “Bush,” brief for “bush league”). From the time Glenn arrived the velocity used to be extreme. the floor struggle had turn into stalemated, with either side scuffling with in trenches alongside the thirty eighth parallel that marked the border among North and South Korea. frequently the squadron’s missions concerned flying over the Marine and military traces to hit Korean troops simply past with excessive explosives or napalm, or with the Panther’s desktop weapons and rockets. Accuracy was once essential—no one desired to hit “friendlies” by way of mistake—and the pilots have been frequently guided via white phosphorous grenades fired on the enemy strains through flooring troops. Then there have been the so-called interdiction missions, which took the Panthers a hundred miles or extra into North Korea to hit railroads, bridges, and provide depots. the massive danger with those missions was once getting hit with fierce antiaircraft fireplace. someday Glenn’s international conflict 2 squadron blood brother Tom Miller, who was once flying an up to date model of the Corsair from an air base one hundred forty miles to the northwest, got here to K-3 to warn Glenn concerning the risk. no matter what you do, Miller informed him, don’t fly over a similar aim two times attempting to hit it; it simply makes you likely to get shot down. Glenn needed to research the tough approach how correct Miller’s recommendation was once. a couple of weeks later he was once creating a bombing run on a North Korean staging zone and observed a flash of antiaircraft hearth. After shedding his bombs he couldn’t withstand going again a moment time to take out the gun emplacement with the Panther’s 20-mm cannon. instantly, he was once hit with a burst from a moment emplacement. He used to be convinced he was once going to crash, yet by way of pulling again tough at the stick he used to be capable of escape, and controlled, with trouble, to fly again to base accurately. The Panther’s tail had a gap sufficiently big to place your head via, and 2 hundred smaller holes round it from shrapnel. Glenn had discovered his lesson. per week later, in the course of a napalm run, he was once hit back. once more, he made it again to base along with his scarred Panther; this time, there has been a two-foot gap in a wing. After that, his squadron associates all started pertaining to Glenn as “Old Magnet Ass. ” For all of the delight he felt from honing his talents in ground-support missions and bombing runs, Glenn nonetheless longed to adventure the last word try out for a fighter pilot, air-to-air wrestle. that sort of undertaking belonged to the U. S. Air strength and its F-86 Sabres, swept-wing jet opponents made through North American that have been a fit for the North Koreans’ Soviet-built MiG-15s. Even sooner than reporting to Korea, Glenn had heard approximately an trade software wherein a Marine pilot might achieve air-to-air adventure flying with an Air strength F-86 squadron, and he’d inquired on his own—without approval—about getting looked at within the Sabre earlier than leaving the States.