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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

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Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team












Saturday, November 17, 2012

Aerospace Community Mourns the Loss of Rose Church, Flight Nurse to the Astronauts

By Carmelo Turdo
Rose Church in Mercury
The aerospace community mourns the recent loss after a brief illness of our dear friend, Mrs. Rose Church, the "Flight Nurse to the Astronauts" during the budding Mercury and Gemini spacecraft programs at McDonnell Aircraft Corporation in St. Louis, MO.  Starting out as an industrial nurse at McDonnell Aircraft in the early 1950s, she essentially created the job of flight nurse for the space program when McDonnell Aircraft became the prime contractor for Mercury and later Gemini spacecraft.  Her work brought such esteem from the astronauts, many of whom went on to the Apollo program, and the NASA hierarchy that she was invited to the last Space Shuttle launch as a VIP guest nearly 50 years later.  She continued to educate the public about the space program after leaving McDonnell and during her second career in real estate, and was a life member of, and generous contributor to, the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia.  She will be remembered not only as an aerospace pioneer, but even more so as a lady who showed kindness and service to all she encountered.  Rose Church dreamed of going to the moon - her plan was a one-way colonization mission for older folks - but those who knew her are confident that she is now far beyond the moon, touring the universe with the One who created it.

Flight Nurse Rose Church with McDonnell Engineer Norman Shyken
Rose Church at the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum
 
Rose Church with Norman Beckel at Mac Retiree Luncheon
Rose Church Receives Museum Life Member Award with Fred Wear
 
 
For more information about Rose Church, please visit the previous posting on The Aero Experience http://aeroexperience.blogspot.com/2011/07/rose-church-flight-nurse-to-mercury-and.html and the Missouri Historical Society's biography page at http://www.historyhappenshere.org/archives/7300.
 

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