This page contains a photo of the blockhouse from the original launch date, and of the launch team members at the 20-year reunion.
This is a photo from the blockhouse at the Explorer I launch on Jan. 31, 1958, Cape Canaveral LC-26A. Following the picture is a list of the names of the people in the picture.
If you have any corrections or know who the man on the phone is, please contact us, either by email (see the floating tab on the left side of the page) or by the online comments (see the bottom of the page). Please identify the photo (Blockhouse photo) as well as identifying information and name of the individual (For instance, “Blockhouse photo, man on phone is Horatio Hornblower”). Finally, if you are using email, please also identify the page title, “Explorer I”.
Console operators, starting in foreground;
Terry Greenfield, in light colored coat
C. D. Sweat, plaid shirt
Isom “Ike” Rigell, dark shirt
W. O. “Curly” Chandler, end of row
Console observers, standing behind operators
Bob Moser, light colored coat
Milt Chambers, behind Carl Whiteside
Standing behind console
The following images show Explorer I team members at KSC at a 20th year reunion on January 12, 1978. Although there is a small amount of overlap between the two pictures (the right side of the top picture overlaps with the left side of the bottom picture), each person has been numbered once and only once. Following the picture is a list of the numbers with the corresponding individuals’ names. You will note some of the individuals have not been identified.
If you know the name of any of the people in the picture, please contact us, either by email (see the floating tab on the left side of the page) or by the online comments (see the bottom of the page). When identifying an individual, first specify the photo (“20-Year Reunion”), then specify the number before specifying the name. For instance, the man on the left with the V-neck cardigan sweater would be “20-Year Reunion photo, No. 1 is Joe Blow.” Finally, if you are using email, please also identify the page title, “Explorer 1”.
|1 Bill Jaffries||23 Billy Coble||45 Ann Taylor|
|2 Jim Davidson||24 Hayward Brewster||46 C. V. Hughes|
|3 Barney Kennerly||25 Tom Pantiliano||47|
|4 Lionel “Ed” Fannin||26 Henry Crunk||48 Randy Youmans|
|5 Billy Driskill||27 Jack Brewer||49|
|6||28 John Watt||50 Carl (Last Name?)|
|7 Carrol Rouse||29||51 Jim Fitzgerald|
|8 Jim Harton||30||52|
|9 Marion Edwards||31 Frank Childers||53 Jack Flieger|
|10 Don Gordon||32 Ed Hopton||54 Carl Jones|
|11 Tom Allen||33 Andy Pickett||55 Jean Greenfield|
|12 Les Qwens||34||56 Jim White|
|13 Isom “Ike” Rigell||35 Frank Keck||57|
|14 Jim Carrol||36 Sgt. Lipgens||58 Don Orman|
|15 Crayton Garrett||37 Jack Humphrey||59|
|16 Gayle “Bunk” Wolfe||38 Harry Shockey||60 Pete Minderman|
|17 Willie Hadwin||39 Ted Hershey||61 Frank Coppedge|
|18 Bill Hardin||40 John Avery||62 Sam Grimbly|
|19 Bob Funkhouser||41 Bill Canon||63 John Twigg|
|20 Bobbie Clark||42||64 Jose Gonzalez|
|21 Paul Schmidt||43||65|
|22 Carl Whiteside||44 Bob Gorman|
Dr. Kurt Debus, Dr. Hans Gruene, Carl Sendler, Albert Zeiler, Grady Williams, Jay Campbell, C.D. Sweat, J.B. Russell, Joe Lendel, Jim Rasberry, Bill Stealey, Ira Thompson, Terry Greenfield, Curly Chandler, Milt Chambers