White House Photographs
President John F. Kennedy visits with astronaut Commander Walter M. Schirra (back to camera), during a tour of the Mercury-Atlas Launch Complex at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Cape Canaveral, Florida. Manager of Florida Operations for the Manned Spacecraft Center, G. Merritt Preston, stands left of President Kennedy; Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Dr. James E. Webb (back to camera), stands behind Commander Schirra in foreground. Also pictured: Commander of the 6555th Aerospace Test Wing, Colonel Paul R. Wignall; Director of NASA's Launch Operations Center, Dr. Kurt H. Debus; Minister of Defence of Great Britain, Peter Thorneycroft; Commander of the Air Force Missile Test Center, Major General Leighton I. Davis; Secretary of Defense, Robert S. McNamara. The President visited Cape Canaveral as part of a two-day inspection tour of NASA field installations.