John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven Can see El Centre and the Imperial Valley down there; Salton Sea very clear.

CAPCOM

It should be pretty green; we've had a lot of rain down here

CAPCOM

Do you notice any contrast over the coastline, John?

CAPCOM

How about contrast over the coastline?

John Glenn

There is quite a bit of cloud cover down in this area. I can, right on track, I can only see certain areas. I can see quite a bit on up to the north, however.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven, going to manual control.

CAPCOM

Roger, Friendship Seven.

John Glenn

This is banging in and out here; I'll just control it manually.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, Guaymas Cap Com, reading you loud and clear.

John Glenn

Roger, Guaymas, read you loud and clear also.

Comm Tech

Friendship Seven, Friendship Seven, this is Texas Com Tech. Do you read? Over

John Glenn

Roger, Texas, go ahead.

Comm Tech

Roger. Reading you 5 square. Standby for Texas Cap Com.

CAPCOM

This is Texas Cap Com, Friendship Seven. We are recommending that you leave the retropackage on through the entire reentry. This means that you will have to override the 0.05g switch which is expected to occur at 04 43 53. This also means that you will have to manually retract the scope. Do you read?

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. What is the reason for this? Do you have any reason? Over.

CAPCOM

Not at this time; this is the judgment of Cape Flight.

John Glenn

Roger. Say again your instructions please. Over.

CAPCOM

We are recommending that the retropackage not, I say again, not be jettisoned. This means that you will have to override the 0.05g switch which is expected to occur at 04 43 53. This is approximately 4¼ minutes from now. This also means that you will have to retract the scope manually. Do you understand?

John Glenn

Roger, understand. I will have to make a manual 0.05g entry when it occurs, and bring the scope in manually. Is that affirm?

CAPCOM

That is affirmative, Friendship Seven.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven, going to reentry attitude, then, in that case.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, Cape flight will give you the reasons for this action when you are in view.

John Glenn

Roger. Roger. Friendship Seven.

CAPCOM

Everything down here on the ground looks okay.

John Glenn

Roger. This is Friendship Seven.

CAPCOM

Confirm your attitudes.

CAPCOM

Friendship Seven, this is Cape. Over.

John Glenn

Go ahead, Cape. Friendship Seven.

CAPCOM

Recommend you go to reentry attitude and retract the scope manually at this time.

John Glenn

Roger, retracting scope manually.

CAPCOM

While you're doing that, we are not sure whether or not your landing bag has deployed. We feel it is possible to reenter with the retropackage on. We see no difficulty at this time in that type of reentry. Over.

John Glenn

Roger, understand.

CAPCOM

Seven, this is Cape. Over.

John Glenn

Go ahead, Cape. Friendship Seven.

CAPCOM

Estimating 0.05g at 04 44.

CAPCOM

You override 0.05g at that time.

John Glenn

Roger. Friendship Seven.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. I'm on straight manual control at present time. This was, still kicking in and out of orientation mode, mainly in yaw following retorfire, so I am on straight manual now. I'll back it up. …

CAPCOM

… on reentry.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. Going to fly-by-wire. I'm down to about 15 percent on manual.

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CAPCOM

Roger. You're going to use fly-by-wire for reentry and we recommend that you do the best you can to keep a zero angle during reentry. Over.

John Glenn

Roger. Friendship Seven.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. I'm on fly-by-wire, back it up with manual. Over.

CAPCOM

Roger, understand.

CAPCOM

Seven, this is Cape. The weather in the recovery area is excellent, 3-foot waves, only one-tenth cloud coverage, 10 miles visibility.

John Glenn

Roger. Friendship Seven.

CAPCOM

Seven, this is Cape. Over.

John Glenn

Go ahead, Cape, you're ground, you are going out.

CAPCOM

We recommend that you. …

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. I think the pack just let go.

John Glenn

This is Friendship Seven. A real fireball outside.

John Glenn

Hello, Cape. Friendship Seven. Over.

John Glenn

Hello, Cape. Friendship Seven. Over.

John Glenn

Hello, Cape. Friendship Seven. Do you receive? Over.

John Glenn

Hello, Cape. Friendship Seven. Do you receive? Over.

CAPCOM

… How do you read? Over.

John Glenn

Loud and clear; how me?

CAPCOM

Roger, reading you loud and clear. How are you doing?

CAPCOM

Roger. Your impact point is within 1 mile of the up-range destroyer.

CAPCOM

This is Cape, estimating 04 50. Over.

John Glenn

Okay, we're through the peak g now.

CAPCOM

Seven, this is Cape. What's your general condition? Are you feeling pretty well?

John Glenn

My condition is good, but that was a real fireball, boy.

John Glenn

I had great chunks of that retropack breaking off all the way through.

CAPCOM

Very good; it did break off, is that correct?

John Glenn

Roger. Altimeter off the peg indicating 80,000.

CAPCOM

Roger, reading you loud and clear.

CAPCOM

Seven, this is Cape. You're … will be within 1 mile of the up-range destroyer. Recovery weather is very good. Over.

John Glenn

Roger, understand. 55,000, standby, MARK.

John Glenn

I'm getting all kinds of contrails and stuff outside out here.

CAPCOM

Roger. Say again your altitude, please. You were broken up.

John Glenn

Rocking quite a bit. I may still have some of that pack on. I can't damp it either.

CAPCOM

… post reentry check list. Over.

John Glenn

Friendship Seven. Going to drogue early. Rocking fairly, drogue came out.

John Glenn

Roger, drogue came out at 30,000, at about a 90° yaw.

CAPCOM

Roger, is the drogue holding all right?

John Glenn

Roger, the drogue looks good.

John Glenn

Scope did not come out.

CAPCOM

… check list.

John Glenn

Roger, pumping the scope out.