Pacific Splash Downs supported by Navy Tankers
Link to Photos
On October 3, 1962, Walter Schirra became the third American to orbit the Earth. He completed six orbits in Sigma 7, for a total flight time of 9 hours and 13 minutes. Schirra carefully managed fuel and electricity, paving the way for long-duration flights. His flight was considered a textbook success. He re-entered the atmosphere and splashed down 4.5 mi (7.2 km) from the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge, about 275 mi (442 km) northeast of Midway Island in the Pacific Ocean.