The Bell Aerosystems Rocket belt complied an unbelievable 100% safety record in over 3,000 flights from 1961 to 1969.
This fantastic record was due to the unerring professionalism of the entire Bell Team, especially the technicians.
A special debt of gratitude is owed to them. An overview of pilots can be seen here also.
Please excuse our dust, we are in the process of building this page, anyone who is reading this, if you have
(better) photos of any of the (missing) persons please submit them if you wish to have them on this page. Also if you know
when a colleague has passed away, so I can be respectfull on that delicate subject.
It's been almost 50 years since I was involved with these Bell projects, I want to include and give credit
where credit is due, there are only a gew collegues left, so if you have anything to add to the effort please send it along.
* The technicians *
(in random order: rocketbelt - POGO's - flying chair)
Wendell Moore, inventor Edward Ganczak, tecnical specialist Biagio Mangenello, technical specialist
† May 29, 1969
Ernest "Ernie" Kreutinger, crew chief Edwin "Moon" Mulens,technical specialist John Hulbert, propulsion engineer
Bill "Red" Burns two man POGO technician Ed Gaiser technician Ed Satterlee, engineer
Ken Levine, POGO head engineer Les Beukema, technician Ralph Love, technician
* The pilots *
(in chronological order)
Harold "Hal" Graham, first RB pilot Peter Kedziersky, second RB pilot Robert "Bob" Courter, third RB pilot
October 22, 2009
Gordon "Gordo" Yaeger, fourth RB pilot Don Hettrick, fifth RB pilot William "Bill" Suitor, sixth RB pilot
Januari 23, 2005
Doug Meiklejohn, seventh RB pilot Dennis Commerford, eighth and last Bell RB pilot
November 23, 2012
* On the background, but always there *
Charles F.Kriener Director of PR / RB team