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I know a few of you will remember when I posted a prayer request for Larry Sheaks. He had suffered a stroke that nearly ended his life a few years back. He made a miraculous recovery from the stroke and was back doing anything he felt like doing. For those that don't know he was one of the heros in the saving of the Apollo 13 astronauts. I just spoke to him Friday and he was in his typical good mood. Earlier today he crashed his plane and I am saddened to report that he was killed in the crash. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family tonight. reflex264
 

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Sad news indeed my prayers go out to his family!!!
 

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I am very sorry. Prayers sent.
 

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The story is out this morning.

FAYETTEVILLE, Tennessee - A retired NASA engineer was killed Tuesday when the ultralight aircraft he was flying crashed soon after takeoff in Lincoln County, Tenn.


Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder identified the man as 70-year-old Larry Sheaks.


Sheaks was a life support specialist during the famed Apollo 13 mission and one of hundreds of NASA engineers who worked around the clock to bring astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert safely back to earth after their Apollo command module was severely damaged by an oxygen fuel tank explosion.


At approximately 9 p.m. on April 13,1970, almost 56 hours into the Apollo 13 mission when those now infamous words, "Houston we have a problem," were uttered, Larry Sheaks and George Bliss were the life support specialists on duty, serving as wingmen for Sy Liebergot, the mission's flight controller for EECOM (Electrical, Environmental and Communications).


"Larry was very proud of his participation in the Apollo program," Sheaks' widow, Mattie, said during a Tuesday night telephone interview.
"He was especially proud of his role in the Apollo 13 mission. We have been invited several times to attend events and fundraisers at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington," Mattie Sheaks said.


Sheaks was an experienced pilot and just three weeks ago had bought the ultralight aircraft he was flying Tuesday, she said.

He brought it back on a trailer to his private hanger and airstrip on Cut Off Road, not far from the Fayetteville airport.


He had reattached the wings to the aircraft and had done several practice runups on the runway but had not actually flown the ultralight until Tuesday, Mattie Sheaks said.


Sheaks took the ultralight up Tuesday but something went terribly wrong sometime around 1 p.m. when the fatal crash occurred.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration have launched an investigation into the incident.


"The aircraft crashed in a field adjacent to the private runway," Sheriff Blackwelder told The Times.


In addition to his wife Mattie, Sheaks is survived by two sons, Roger, an attorney in California, and Daryle, an animal control officer in Bay City, Texas.
 
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