Offered here is a Very Rare Hand Written Letter by Apollo 13 Astronaut Jack Swigert who Signed it. The letter has been authenticated and encapsulated by the worlds largest 3rd party Authenticator PSA/DNA. A true rarity for space collectors. As he passed away at the early age of just 51. John Leonard Swigert Jr. (August 30, 1931 December 27, 1982) was an American politician, test pilot, mechanical engineer, aerospace engineer, United States Air Force pilot, and NASA astronaut. In April 1970, as command module pilot of Apollo 13, he became one of twenty-four astronauts who flew to the Moon. Before joining NASA in 1966, Swigert was a civilian test pilot and fighter pilot in the Air National Guard. After leaving NASA, he ran for Senate but lost in a primary election against Bill Armstrong. Later he ran for Congress, but while running was diagnosed with cancer. He won the election for Colorado’s new 6th district, but died before being sworn in. Was born on August 30, 1931 in Denver, Colorado to parents John Leonard Sr. (19031973) and Virginia Swigert (19061993). Swigert’s father was an ophthalmologist. At the age of 14, he became fascinated by aviation. While he would have been content just watching planes take off from nearby Combs Field, young Jack became determined to do more than be a spectator. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and attained the rank of Second Class Scout.  He attended Blessed Sacrament School, Regis Jesuit High School, and East High School, from which he graduated in 1949. Swigert received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado in 1953, where he also played football for the Buffaloes. He later earned a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Hartford campus) in 1965, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Hartford in 1967. His recreational interests included golf, handball, bowling, skiing, swimming, and basketball. His hobbies included photography. Following his graduation from Colorado in 1953, Swigert joined the U. Upon graduation from the Pilot Training Program and Gunnery School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, he was assigned as a fighter pilot in Japan and Korea. In 1953, he survived his plane crashing into a radar unit on a Korean airstrip. After completing his tour of active duty in the Air Force, he served as a jet fighter pilot with the Massachusetts (19571960) and Connecticut Air National Guard (19601965).  Swigert held a position as engineering test pilot for North American Aviation before joining NASA. He was previously an engineering test pilot for Pratt & Whitney, from February 1957 to June 1964. He logged over 7,200 hours in flight, including more than 5,725 hours in jet aircraft. After unsuccessfully applying for NASA’s second and third astronaut selections, Swigert was accepted into the NASA Astronaut Corps as part of NASA Astronaut Group 5 in April 1966. Swigert became a specialist on the Apollo command module: he was one of the few astronauts who requested to be command module pilots. Swigert was a member of Apollo 7’s astronaut support crew, the first support crew for an Apollo mission. Swigert was one of three astronauts aboard the Apollo 13 Moon mission launched April 11, 1970. Originally part of the backup crew for the mission, he was assigned to the mission three days before launch, replacing astronaut Ken Mattingly. The prime crew had been exposed to German Measles (the rubella virus) from Charles Duke and, because Mattingly had no immunity to the disease, NASA did not want to risk him falling ill during critical phases of the flight. The mission was the third crewed lunar-landing attempt, but was aborted after the rupture of an oxygen tank in the spacecraft’s service module. Swigert was the astronaut who first announced, “Houston, we’ve had a problem here”.  The statement was then repeated by commander of the flight Jim Lovell. NASA Director of Flight Crew Operations Deke Slayton, who selected the astronauts, recommended Swigert as command module pilot for the ApolloSoyuz Test Project, the first joint mission with the Soviet Union. Slayton felt Swigert deserved another chance to fly after having been selected for Apollo 13 two days before launch, and performing well. During 1972, the Apollo 15 postal covers incident caused NASA investigators to inquire into other astronauts. Swigert originally denied involvement when interviewed by NASA investigators. According to Christopher C. Kraft, the investigators subpoenaed his bank records, finding more funds than expected, and records of a predated charitable donation. Swigert’s subsequent admission caused NASA Deputy Administrator George M. Low to remove him from ApolloSoyuz. Aware that his spaceflight career was most likely over, Swigert took a leave of absence from NASA in April 1973 and went to Washington, D. To become executive director of the Committee on Science and Astronautics, U. Swigert eventually left NASA and the committee in August 1977 to enter politics. He ran for the U. Senate in 1978, but was soundly defeated in the Republican primary in September by congressman Bill Armstrong. In 1979, Swigert became vice president of B. He left in 1981 to join International Gold and Minerals Limited as vice president for financial and corporate affairs. In February 1982, Swigert left International Gold and Minerals Limited to run for U. Congress in the newly-created 6th district as a Republican. Swigert developed a malignant tumor in his right nasal passage, which he disclosed to voters. Doctors told him he would finish radiation treatments June 15 and make a complete recovery. He developed back pain in August and he was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer. On November 2, 1982, he won the seat with 64% of the popular vote. On December 19, seven weeks after the election, he was airlifted from his home in Littleton to Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D. He died of respiratory failure at its Lombardi Cancer Center on December 27, seven days before the beginning of his congressional term. Fifteen astronauts, including fellow Apollo 13 crewmates Jim Lovell and Fred Haise, were among the thousand mourners at his full military honors’ funeral in Denver, presided over by Archbishop James Casey, which included a missing man flyover by A-7 Corsairs of the Colorado Air National Guard.  He is buried alongside his parents in Mount Olivet Cemetery in suburban Wheat Ridge. The item “Astronaut Jack Swigert Apollo 13 Hand Written Letter Signed PSA/DNA NASA RARE” is in sale since Thursday, November 5, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Autographs\Space”. The seller is “lilybethtaylor37″ and is located in Bellaire, Texas. 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- Autograph Authentication: Professional Sports (PSA/DNA)
- Signed by: Jack Swigert
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Signed: Yes
- Industry: Space