STEPHEN A. SCHWARTING, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Stephen Schwarting '67

Date of birth: October 30, 1944

Date of death: April 12, 1973

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1967 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Steve was piloting a P-3 Orion when it collided with a NASA Convair 990 over Mountain View, CA. Sixteen total men lost their lives; one enlisted man aboard Steve's plane survived. A full account is at VP Navy.

Remembrances

From a 1967 reunion book and via Steve's son on November 10, 2017:

  • 1967-1968 – Primary Flight Training, Pensacola, Florida
  • 1968-1970 – Intermediate/Advanced Flight Training – Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1970 – 1973 – NAS Moffett Field, Sunnyvale, California

Stephen A. Schwarting decided as a young man that flying for the United States Navy was what he wanted to do. While Steve was not initially accepted to the Naval Academy, a year at Penn State University made it possible for him to obtain his goal of attending the Academy.

Shortly after graduation, Steve married Martha Rogers in Annapolis. Shortly after, he was sent to Pensacola, Florida for flight training. It was here that he learned that he would not be flying jets as he had hoped.

With jets no longer an option, he joined the maritime prop ranks.

1968 sent Steve to NAS Corpus Christi for training in the P-3 Orion, which lead to his attachment to VP- 47 at NAS Moffett Field in Sunnyvale, California in early 1970.

In early 1973, Steve was accepted to the Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey, California. He was to begin classes in the Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in the fall of 1973. Sadly, he never made it to enrollment. Steve is survived by his two children, Amy and Tom, and his brothers, Gary and Michael.


Class of 1967

Stephen is one of 34 members of the Class of 1967 in Memorial Hall.