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The Bell Team

The Bell Aerosystems Rocket belt complied an unbelievable 100% safetyrecord in over 3,000 flights from 1961 to 1969.
This fantastic recordwas 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