White House Photographs
President John F. Kennedy views a mock-up of the Gemini space capsule, during a tour of the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation plant in St. Louis, Missouri. On platform, in foreground (L-R): McDonnell engineer, Elbert Wiegand (seated in cockpit of the two-man spacecraft); Vice President of the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation and General Manager of Projects Mercury and Gemini, Walter F. Burke (gesturing with hand); President Kennedy. Also pictured: Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, James S. McDonnell; Director of Defense Research and Engineering for the Department of Defense, Dr. Harold Brown; Naval Aide to the President, Captain Tazewell T. Shepard, Jr.; White House Secret Service agents, Win Lawson and Frank Yeager. President Kennedy visited the McDonnell plant as part of a two-day inspection tour of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) field installations.