Col James Benson "Jim" Irwin

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Col James Benson Irwin

Also Known As: "Jim"
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death: August 08, 1991 (61)
Glenwood Springs, Garfield County, Colorado, USA (Myocardial Infarction)
Place of Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of James William Irwin and Elsa Mathilda Irwin
Husband of Mary Ellen Irwin
Brother of Charles A "Chuck" Irwin

Occupation: Military Officer, Aircraft Pilot, Aerospace Engineer
Managed by: William Owen "Bill" Irwin
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About Col James Benson "Jim" Irwin

Astronaut. After he graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1951, he joined the US Air Force, earned his pilot wings and became a flight instructor. After various services assigned to a top-secret test missions, he was accepted in the astronaut program in 1966. At NASA, he was put in charge of the testing program for the lunar landing module that was being built. On July 30, 1971, Irwin piloted Apollo 15's lunar module Falcon, touching down in a plain near the moon's Apennine mountain range. The next day he became the eighth American to walk on the moon. He retired from NASA in 1972 and founded the High Flight Foundation, an interdenominational religious organization based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

James Benson "Jim" Irwin (March 17, 1930 – August 8, 1991) (Col, USAF) was an American astronaut, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and a United States Air Force pilot.

He served as lunar module pilot for Apollo 15 with David Scott and Al Worden, the fourth human lunar landing. He was the eighth person to walk on the Moon and the first, and youngest, of those astronauts to die.

Father: James Irwin Mother: Elsie M Strebel
1930 Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA.1940

Census: Household, Role, Sex, Age, Birthplace
James Irwin, Head, Male, 44, Pennsylvania
Else Irwin, Wife, Female, 41, Pennsylvania
James Irwin, Son, Male, 10, Pennsylvania
Charles Irwin, Son, Male, 5, Pennsylvania

1951 Bachelor of Science in Naval Science, United States Naval Academy. joined the US Air Force. During his Air Force career, he was awarded the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal. Air Force Distinguished Service 1957 Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering and Instrumentation Engineering, University of Michigan.1966 Selected by NASA in Astronauts Group 5. 1971 Flew on Apollo 15 as LM Pilot with David Scott and Alfred Worden. Awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. Apollo 15 NASA Distinguished Service 1972 Resigned from the Air Force and NASA. 1991Died in Glenwood Springs, Garfield, Colorado, USA.1997 Inducted into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame.

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Col James Benson "Jim" Irwin's Timeline

March 17, 1930
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
August 8, 1991
Age 61
Glenwood Springs, Garfield County, Colorado, USA
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA