From a NASA Watch reader:
"It is with the deepest sense of sadness that I inform the NASA community of the passing of Joseph S. Algranti. As the Chief of Aircraft Operations at the Johnson Space Center during the Apollo Program, "Mr A" as we all called him directed the Lunar Lander Training Vehicle (LLTV) program to successfully train the Apollo Lunar Crews to land on the Lunar surface. During its development stages, Joe had to eject from an LLTV only seconds before it crashed. He was an undaunted pilot, leader, and friend. The list of aircraft that he was qualified to command was impressive. I count it an honor to have worked for this man who dedicated his career to the success of NASA. He will be missed by all of us."
Joseph Samuel Algranti, LaGrange, GA, Daily News:
"Joseph Samuel Algranti, 84, of LaGrange, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at Hospice LaGrange.
Mr. Algranti was born February 8, 1925 in New York , son of the late Samuel Joseph Algranti and Beatrice Carol Algranti. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BS in Physics. He was a pilot in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Commander in the Naval Reserves. He began his career as a research test pilot in Cleveland , OH at NACA. Next he moved to NASA at Langley , VA. From 1962, he assumed the role of Chief of Aircraft Operations and Chief Test Pilot at NASA in Houston, TX , where he was instrumental in the training of all aspects of the space program. He retired from NASA in 1992, and after retirement, he moved to Chapel Hill and then to LaGrange.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice LaGrange in memory of Mr. Joseph Samuel Algranti.
Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road. (706) 884-8636. www.striffler-hamby.com"