National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: William Reid Pogue (Colonel, USAF, Retired)
- NASA Astronaut
- Born January 23, 1930, in Okemah,
Oklahoma, and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex W. Pogue who
live in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.
- Brown hair; blue eyes; height: 5 feet 9
inches; weight: 160 pounds.
- Attended primary and secondary schools in Oklahoma; received a
Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1951
and a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from Oklahoma State University in
1960; awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree from Oklahoma Baptist
University in 1974.
- Married to the former Jean A. Baird of Fayetteville, Arkansas.
- William R., September 5, 1953; Layna S.,
June 9, 1955; Thomas R., September l2, 1957.
- Enjoys running, playing paddle ball
and handball, and his hobbies are gardening and the study of Biblical history.
- Member of the Air Force Association, Explorers Club,
and American Astronautical Society.
- Awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal (1974)
and JSC Superior Achievement Award (1970); winner of the Air Medal, Air Force
Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and an Outstanding Unit
Citation (while a member of the USAF Thunderbirds); the Air Force Distinguished
Service Medal and Command Pilot Astronaut Wings (1974); presented the City of
Chicago Gold Medal (1974); the Robert J. Collier Trophy for 1973 (1974); the
City of New York Gold Medal (1974); the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy
for 1975 (1975); the Federation Aeronautique Internationale's De La Vaulx Medal
and V.M. Komarov Diploma for 1974 (1975); the General Thomas D. White USAF
Space Trophy for 1974 (1975); Fellow of the Academy of Arts and Sciences
of Oklahoma State University (1975); AIAA Haley Astronautics Award for
1974 (1975); and the American Astronautical Society's 1975 Flight
Achievement Award (1976). Inductee 5 Civilized Tribes Hall of Fame (1975).
- He enlisted in the Air Force in 1951 and received
his commission in 1952. While serving with the Fifth Air Force during the
Korean conflict, from 1953 to 1954, he completed a combat tour in fighter
bombers. From 1955 to 1957, he was a member of the USAF Thunderbirds.
He has gained proficiency in more than 50 types and models of American
and British aircraft and is qualified as a civilian flight instructor.
Pogue served in the mathematics department as an assistant professor at
the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from 1960 to 1963. In
September 1965, he completed a two-year tour as test pilot with the
British Ministry of Aviation under the USAF/RAF Exchange Program,
after graduating from the Empire Test Pilots' School in Farnborough, England.
Pogue, a retired Air Force Colonel, came to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space
Center from an assignment at Edwards Air Force Base,
California, where he had been an instructor at the Air Force Aerospace
Research Pilot School since October 1965.
He has logged 7,200 hours flight time, including 4,200 hours in jet
aircraft and 2,017 hours in space flight.
Colonel Pogue is one of the 19 Astronauts selected by
NASA in April 1966. He served as a member of the astronaut
support crews for the Apollo 7, 11, and 14 missions.
Pogue was pilot of Skylab 4 (third and final manned visit to the
Skylab orbital workshop), launched November 16, 1973, and concluded
February 8, 1974. This was the longest manned flight (84 days,
1 hour and 15 minutes) in the history of manned space exploration
to date. Pogue was accompanied on the record setting 34.5 million
mile flight by Gerald P. Carr (commander) and Dr. Edward G. Gibson
(science-pilot). They success-fully completed 56 experiments, 26
science demonstrations, 15 subsystem detailed objectives, and 13
student investigations during their 1,214 revolutions of the earth.
They also acquired extensive earth resources observations data using
Skylab's earth resources experiment package camera and sensor array,
and logged 338 hours of operations of the Apollo Telescope Mount
which made extensive observations of the sun's solar processes.
He also logged 13 hours and 31 minutes in two EVA's outside the
Pogue retired from the United States Air Force on September 1, 1975,
and he is now retired from NASA.
- Self-employed as a consultant to
aerospace and energy firms.
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