Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Retired)
Born on January 23, 1930, in Okemah, Oklahoma
BS in education from Oklahoma Baptist University
MS in mathematics from Oklahoma State University
About the Man
EXPERIENCE: Pogue, 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 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 Pilot's School in Farnborough, England.
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.
About the Spaceflights
November 16, 1973 - February 8, 1974
Last of the Skylab missions; included observation of the Comet Kohoutek among numerous experiments. Completed 1,214 Earth orbits and four EVAs totaling 22 hours, 13 minutes.
For additonal information on the Skylab Missions, go to the following website:
The Skylab Project
Skylab 4 Crew - Gerald P. Carr, Edward G. Gibson, and Astronaut William R. Pogue
Click on the patch to read about William R. Pogue's spaceflight
in more detail at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Website