Dr. Aldrin was an astronaut on Gemini 12 and was on the world’s first moon landing with Apollo 11. After serving a distinguished career in the United States Air Force, including a combat tour in Korea with two aerial victories, Dr. Aldrin retired as a colonel. He has authored 6 books.
Captain Dye served in Vietnam during his career in the Marine Corps. After retiring, Capt. Dye served as a technical consultant and/or actor in several action movies. Capt. Dye has authored a novel of intrigue and combat in Laos.
Mr. Gilliland is a 1949 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, but transferred to the Air Force where he flew the F-84 in a 1952 combat tour in Korea. Transitioning to the Reserves in 1960, Mr. Gilliland joined Lockheed as a test pilot and rapidly advanced to the “Skunkworks” where “Kelly” Johnson made him the Chief Test Pilot of the SR-71. First to fly it on December 22,1964, he eventually achieved it’s full envelope expansion of speed and altitude. A Fellow in the S.E.T.P., Mr. Gilliland received the prestigious Kincheloe Award, which was followed by many other aerospace awards and recognitions.
Captain Gordon was an astronaut on Gemini 11 and was the Command Module Pilot on Apollo 12, the second moon landing mission. He retired from NASA and the United States Navy and lives with his wife in Prescott, Arizona.
Cmdr. Hardy is an Ace from World War II, and while flying the F6F-5 Hellcat was credited with shooting down 6.5 Japanese aircraft. He actually became an “Ace-in-a-Day” by shooting down five enemy aircraft on April 6, 1945. He is the recipient of the Navy Cross, a Distinguished Flying Cross, and five Air Medals.
Mr. Parker was a first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1965 – 1975. He played in three World Series games and was voted to be the Spalding-sponsored Best First Baseman in the Past 50 Years contest. He currently works for the Dodgers in various public affair and charity projects.
General Ritchie is an Ace from the Vietnam War. While flying the F-4 Phantom, he was credited with five aerial victories over the MiG-21. BGen Ritchie is the recipient of the Air Force Cross, four Silver Stars, 10 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 25 Air Medals.