Haise’s aviation career began in 1952 when he entered Naval Aviation Training without prior aviation experience—graduating as a Naval Aviator in the USMC. He served in VMF 114 and VMF 533 and as an instructor in Navy Advanced Training Command.
After his time in the Marines, Haise flew with the Oklahoma Air National Guard while attending the University of Oklahoma for Aeronautical Engineering, graduating in 1959.
Haise joined NASA in 1959 as a Research Pilot at NASA Lewis Research Center and NASA Flight Research Center before joining the Astronaut Office in 1966. He was assigned as a backup crewman on Apollo Missions 8, 11, and 16 and flew as the Lunar Module Pilot on the incredible Apollo 13 Mission. He worked in the Orbiter Project Office in early Space Shuttle development and was subsequently assigned as Commander of one of the Space Shuttle Enterprise crews for the 1977 Approach and Landing tests.
After departing NASA in 1979, Haise served as Vice President of Space Programs and President of Northrop Grumman Technical Services.
The National Aviation Hall of Fame is excited to announce its Annual Membership Meeting scheduled for November 30, 2023, from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM. Members are invited to join this significant gathering, where key updates and future plans will be discussed. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with fellow aviation aficionados and learn more about the hall’s endeavors for the upcoming year.