Explorer I

This page contains a photo of the blockhouse from the original launch date, and of the launch team members at the 20-year reunion.

Blockhouse Photo

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”.

Explorer 1 Blockhouse

Explorer 1 Blockhouse

Console operators, starting in foreground;

Terry Greenfield, in light colored coat
C. D. Sweat, plaid shirt
Isom “Ike” Rigell, dark shirt
Carl Whiteside
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

Albert Zeiler

 

Twenty-Year Reunion

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”.

Explorer I Reunion, left side

Explorer I Reunion, left side of photo

Explorer I Reunion, right side

Explorer I Reunion, right side of photo

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

Not pictured:

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


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