Biographies of Astronaut and Cosmonaut Candidates


John Merritt


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Personal data

Birthdate:  15.08.1930
Birthplace:  Tulsa / Oklahoma
Marital status:  married
Children:  two (?)
Selection date:  ??.??.1962
Position:  PLT
Status:  Ret. 17.09.1962

Additional information

Civilian; Bachelor of Arts degree in 1952; semi finalist in NASA group 2 selection; from July 1956 to July 1957 production test pilot for Douglas Aircraft; from 1963-65 Northrop Aircraft Test Pilot at Edwards AFB; from 1965-69 he was the Chief Test Pilot for General Electric at Edwards AFB; from June 1969 to March 1972 he represented General Electric to the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, and Congress; from March 1972 to June 1974 while at General Electric’s Aircraft Engine Headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio he was the manager for the TF39 Post-Production Program that ensured proper support for the USAF C-5 Galaxy program; from June 1974 to June 1985, Fritz was District Manager and Manager of the Commercial Engine Programs that supported the Boeing Company; from 1985 to 1992 he was Vice President of General Electric’s Melbourne based Australasia Aircraft Engines; since October 1992 retired.


Last update on April 28, 2018.