Elliot McKay See, Jr., a Commander in the United States Navy (Reserve), was born on July 23, 1927 in Dallas, Texas. Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots; Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was a test pilot for General Electric when selected as an astronaut, and served on the backup crew for Gemini 5.
See and Charles Bassett died in the crash of their T-38 training jet at McDonnell Aircraft Corporation’s plant, Lambert Field, St. Louis, Missouri on February 28, 1966. Bassett (Pilot) and See (Commander) were the primary crew members of Gemini 9, scheduled for launch later in the year. When they died, their backups, Tom Stafford and Gene Cernan, rotated to the prime crew.
Space Flights: None
Total Hours in Space: 0
Astronaut Group: 2-September 17, 1962
Degrees: BS, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, MS, Engineering, University of California at Los Angeles.
Military Service & Awards: He served as a naval aviator from 1953 to 1956.
Crew Photo, Gemini 9 (shown with backup crew):
Interred at Arlington National Cemetery: March 4, 1966
How to locate: From the visitor’s center walk south on Eisenhower Drive and turn right onto Porter Drive, then the first left at the five-way intersection onto Jessup Drive. Continue walking straight, and where the roadways split you will see a small triangle of grass. Just across the roadway from that grassy area you will find the See headstone in the sixth row back, second from the left.