Description White and black model rocket with "USA" printed on the side and a red base. This model was built by Chandler Raymond Keller as a child.
Historical Notes Redondo Beach, California, native Chandler Keller lived in Manhattan Beach with his wife, Lisa. As a boy, Chandler liked science and built and set off rockets in the backyard. As an adult, he worked for Boeing Satellite Systems as a lead propulsion engineer in its satellite launch program. On September 11, Chandler boarded Flight 77 to head home after a business trip to Washington, D.C. He was 29 years old.
Curator's Comment From an early age, Chandler Keller showed an aptitude for mathematics and engineering. He shared this trait with his maternal grandfather, who handed down his mathematical instrument kit to Chandler. Fascinated with rocket ships, Chandler built and launched these models from his childhood backyard in Manhattan Beach, California. After studying aerospace engineering in college, he became a propulsion engineer and project manager for Boeing Satellite Systems. On September 11, Chandler was returning to California after a meeting at the Pentagon. He was collaborating with the U.S. Department of Defense on a satellite project designed to monitor terrorist activity. HIDE