The National Air and Space Society presents:

Vice Adm. Donald D. Engen Flight Jacket Night

Capt. James A. Lovell, USN (Ret.)

Capt. James A. Lovell, USN (Ret.)


National Air and Space Society Lecture Series
Friday, October 17
8:00 pm
Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater
Museum in Washington, DC
Admission: National Air and Space Society Members Only, Tickets Required

James Arthur "Jim" Lovell, Jr. had extensive experience as a naval aviator and test pilot when he was selected for the space program in 1962. He went on to become the first person to fly in space four times. He was pilot on the Gemini VII flight, and commander of the Gemini XII mission in 1965. Captain Lovell served as Command Module Pilot and Navigator for the six-day journey on Apollo 8, the first mission to enter lunar orbit. His fourth and final flight was as commander on the Apollo 13 mission in 1970.

After leaving NASA in 1973, Lovell served as President and CEO of the Bay-Houston Towing Company. Subsequently, he joined Fisk Telephone Systems as company president and retired from Centel Corporation as Executive Vice President. Today, Lovell is President of Lovell Communications. He attended the University of Wisconsin, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy, the University of Southern California - Aviation Safety School, and Harvard Business School's Advance Management Program. His honors and awards include: the Harmon, Collier, and Goddard Aerospace Trophies; the Presidential Medal of Freedom; the French Legion of Honor; and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. Capt. Lovell is an Emeritus Board member of the National Air and Space Museum.

The lecture is for members of the Museum's National Air and Space Society and their guests. There is no charge to attend, but advance reservations are required. Tickets will be available beginning August 1. Visit to reserve yours. Seating is limited. There will also be a buffet reception before the lecture with Captain Lovell for Society members at the Mercury Friendship 7 level and higher. For more information, call 202.633.2603 or email

Flight jacket optional.  The Museum's doors on Jefferson Drive will be closed for the evening. Please use the Independence Avenue entrance.

Society Member & Event Inquiries: Call the National Air and Space Society office at 202-633-2603 or e-mail

General Smithsonian Public Information: Call (202) 633-1000 (Voice) or (202) 633-5285 (TTY).

Media Inquiries: Call the National Air and Space Museum's Office of Communications (202) 633-2370.

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