1932 - 2021
1932 - 2021
Gene McCoy began his career as a flight test engineer at Wright Field, where he flew with Gus Grissom. Gus was recruited by NASA and requested that Gene be recruited too. So in 1960 Gene was transferred to NASA to be the Manned Space Flight Launch Pad Operations Coordinator for Project Mercury. He was the chief of several more programs during his NASA career and retired from NASA in 1981 as Chief of the Kennedy Space Center Future Programs Office.
Gene, left-side bottom row next to John Glenn, was the pad chief who launched Ham and the first seven astronauts. Prior to the Space Shuttle program, NASA planned on having a extensive Space Station program which Gene would head. This idea was scrapped due to expense, but Gene's time on the project allowed him to draft a plan for the colonization of space. He refined the plan when he was Chief of the Future Programs Office.
In Gene's 80s he teamed with his son, Skip (H.E. McCoy III), to continue the work he began in the 1970s. Skip is shown at -3 months old inside Sandra McCoy above, who is sitting next to Sandy, Gene, and Susan.
Give yourself a treat - take 15 minutes to read the McCoy Ascension Plan at the bottom of this website and I guarantee that you will be happier about humanity's future.