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Indicted NASA Chief Resigns

February 25, 1986|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Indicted NASA Administrator James M. Beggs resigned today, allowing President Reagan to name a new top space agency executive, congressional officials said.

Beggs, 60, had been administrator of NASA since July 7, 1981, three months after the first shuttle flight. He has been on unpaid leave since Dec. 2, when he and three other former General Dynamics executives were indicted by a grand jury on charges they plotted to hide cost overruns on the ill-fated Sgt. York anti-aircraft gun--before Beggs joined the space agency.

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