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Dr Roger Bruce Chaffee Status: Deceased. Trained as: Astronaut. Profession: Pilot. Sex: Male. Marital Status: Married. Children: Two. Birth Date: 15 February 1935. Birth City: Grand Rapids. Birth State: Michigan. Birth Country: USA. Nationality: American. Date of Death: 27 January 1967. Cause of Death: Killed in Apollo 1 fire on launch pad. Group: 1963 NASA Group. Date Selected: 17 October 1963. Departed: 1967. Number of Flights: 0.

Official NASA Biography

NAME: Roger B. Chaffee, Lieutenant Commander USN

NASA Astronaut

BIRTHPLACE AND DATE: Born February 15, 1935, in Grand Rapids, Michigan

EDUCATION: Chaffee graduated High School from Central High in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1953. He attended Purdue University and received a BS in aeronautical engineering in 1957. In January, 1963, he entered the Air Force Institute of Technology to work on an MS in engineering.

MARITAL STATUS: Survived by his wife, Martha and two children, Sheryl and Stephen.

EXPERIENCE: A Navy ROTC student, Chaffee went on active duty in 1957 and after training in Florida and Texas became a pilot. In March 1960, he was assigned to the Heavy Photographic Squadron 62 at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida, and flew many photo-reconaissance missions over Cuba during the October 1962 missile crisis.

NASA BACKGROUND: Chaffee was one of the 14 astronauts selected in October 1963. After completing basic astronaut training, he worked on deep space communications and the Apollo spacescraft development. He was named to the Apollo 1 crew in March 1966.

Lieutenant Commander Roger Bruce Chaffee was killed in a flash fire aboard the Apollo 1 spacecraft on January 27, 1967 at Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 34.

Chaffee, Virgial "Gus" Grissom and Edward White were training for a planned 16-day Apollo mission scheduled for launch on February 14, 1967. It would have been his first spaceflight. At the time of his death, Chaffee had logged approximately 2300 hours of flying time, 2000 of those hours in jets.

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