Kraft, Christopher Columbus, Jr. (1924- )
Papers, 1941-1998 (bulk 1941-1982), 28 cu. ft.
Aeronautical engineer and NASA administrator. Received a BS in aeronautical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute 1944 and joined the Langley Aeronautical Laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) in 1945. In 1958 Kraft was named a member of NASA's Space Task Group. He was Flight Director for all the Mercury and many of the Gemini missions and directed the design of Mission Control at the Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) in Houston. Named Deputy Director of the MSC in 1970 and its director in 1972. Retired from NASA in 1982. Recipient of numerous awards, including the American Astronautical Society's Space Flight Award (1970). Papers include correspondence, notes, and limited-circulation NACA and NASA documents. Materials range from his notes and calculations on the P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft in the 1940s and annotated copies of the "Mission Rules" for space missions in the 1950s and 1960s to his extensive notes from meetings and conversations in the 1970s and 1980s. The collection includes a typed manuscript draft of Kraft's memoir, Flight! My Life in Mission Control.
Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database.