Milton Windler

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Milt Windler (white shirt, at left) and other NASA leaders observe Deke Slayton holding the adapter improvised to scrub carbon dioxide from Apollo 13.

Milton "Milt" Windler (born January 10, 1932 in Hampton, Virginia) is a retired NASA Flight Director. He is best known for his work as one of the four flight directors of Apollo 13 Mission Operations Team, all of whom were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Richard M. Nixon for their work in guiding the crippled spacecraft safely back to Earth. Previously a jet fighter pilot,[1] he began working at NASA in 1959 during Project Mercury. Originally working in the recovery division, he was promoted to flight director by Chris Kraft to support Eugene Kranz, who had acquired additional responsibilities in the months following the Apollo 1 fire.[2] Windler also served as flight director for Apollo 8, Apollo 10, Apollo 11, Apollo 14, Apollo 15, and all three Skylab missions.[3] Following the conclusion of the Apollo Program, Windler worked in the Space Shuttle Project Office on Remote Manipulator Systems Operations until 1978. He is a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.[4]


  1. ^ Kranz, 308
  2. ^ Kranz, 214
  3. ^ "Flight Directors". Retrieved 2017-09-10.
  4. ^ "Apollo 14 Commemoration". Retrieved 2017-09-10.


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