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57 Persons in the National Aviation Hall of Fame:

Location:
1100 Spaatz Street
Dayton, OH 45433
(at Wright-Patterson AFB)
Web Site:
Years Active:
1962 to present

Alan Bean

Real/Birth Name:
Alan LaVern Bean
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut. Fourth man on the moon. International Space Hall of Fame. Texas Aviation Hall of Fame 1998. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1997. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2010. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2010.

Space Missions:

Apollo 12 (1969)
Second landing, in Ocean of Storms near Surveyor 3.
Skylab 3

Alan Shepard

Real/Birth Name:
Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr.
Nickname(s):
Al
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot and astronaut. Mercury-Redstone 3, in the Freedom 7, a sub-orbital flight to the height of 116 miles, lasting 15 minutes, LM pilot Apollo 14, the fifth person to walk on the Moon, and the only Mercury astronaut to walk on the moon. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1990. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1978. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1977. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1971. United States Naval Aviation Hall of Honor 1990.

Space Missions:

Apollo 14 (1971)
Third moon landing, in Fra Mauro.
Mercury-Redstone 3 (1961)
Call sign: Freedom 7. Suborbital test. First American in space. Recovered by carrier USS Lake Champlain.

Amelia Earhart

Real/Birth Name:
Amelia Mary Earhart
Also Known As:
Amelia Earhart Putnam
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
39, 22 days before her 40th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Apparently died in a plane crash. She was flying across the Pacific. California Hall of Fame 2006. National Women's Hall of Fame 1973. International Women's Sports Hall of Fame 1980. New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame 1973. Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 1992. Kansas Hall of Fame 2011. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1968. Women in Aviation, International Pioneers Hall of Fame 1997. Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey 1973. Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame 1988. Missouri Walk of Fame 2012. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1967.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Real/Birth Name:
Anne Spencer Morrow
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The first American woman to earn a first-class glider pilot's license in 1930. Book Gift from the Sea. Advocate peace with Hitler, causing controversy, before the war. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1979. National Women's Hall of Fame 1996. Women in Aviation, International Pioneers Hall of Fame 1999. Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey 1997.

Arthur Godfrey

Real/Birth Name:
Arthur Morton Godfrey
Nickname(s):
The Old Redhead
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Radio and TV host, tv show The Arthur Godfrey Show. Movie The Great Bank Hoax. Ukelele player on his show. Ukulele Hall of Fame 2001. Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame 1976. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1987. National Radio Hall of Fame 1988. National Broadcasters Hall of Fame 1977. Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey 1976.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6616 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
A star at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
A star at 1559 Vine Street for contributions to the television industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Barry Goldwater

Real/Birth Name:
Barry Morris Goldwater
Nickname(s):
Grand Old Man of the Republican Party
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Republican. One year of college. Senator from Arizona. Candidate for president 1964. International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame List 1976. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1982. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1986.

Bessie Coleman

Real/Birth Name:
Elizabeth Coleman
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
34
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The first female pilot of African-American descent and the first person of African-American descent to hold an international pilot license. Died when she fell out of an airplane that went into a spin and crashed. She was not the pilot. International Women's Sports Hall of Fame 1992. National Women's Hall of Fame 2001. Texas Aviation Hall of Fame 2000. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2006. Women in Aviation, International Pioneers Hall of Fame 1995. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2014.

Billy Mitchell

Real/Birth Name:
William Mitchell
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
56
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Grew up in Wisconsin. Early advocate of air power in warfare. Antagonized leaders, was demoted to colonel from general. Title of major general bestowed posthumously. Congressional Gold Medal 1946. Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1966. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1970. French Legion of Honor.

Bob Hoover

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Anderson Hoover
Also Known As:
Robert A. Hoover
Nickname(s):
Bob
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot. Civilian air shows with his twin engine plane. Chase pilot for X-1 tests. Aerospace Walk of Honor 1992. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2007. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1988.

Burt Rutan

Real/Birth Name:
Elbert Leander Rutan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
77, 17 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Owner of Scaled Composites, which created the first non-government craft, SpaceshipOne, to send humans to the edge of space. Idaho Aviation Hall of Fame 2012. Presidential Citizens Medal 1986. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1995. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1988. International Space Hall of Fame 2014.

Buzz Aldrin

Real/Birth Name:
Edwin Eugene Aldrin Jr.
Also Known As:
Buzz Eugene Aldrin
Nickname(s):
Buzz
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

West Point class of 1951. Astronaut.The second man on the Moon with Neil Armstrong. Legally changed his name to Buzz Aldrin in 1988. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1969. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2008. Congressional Gold Medal 2009. International Space Hall of Fame. New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame 1980. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2000. Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey 1980. Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame 1985. California Hall of Fame 2011. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1971.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at Corner of Hollywood Boulevard & Vine Street for contributions to the television industry; ceremony: 14 January 1993.

Space Missions:

Apollo 11 (1969)
First manned landing, in Sea of Tranquility.
Gemini 12 (1966)
Final Gemini flight. Rendezvoused and docked manually with its target Agena and kept station with it during EVA. Aldrin set an EVA record of 5 hours and 30 minutes for one space walk and two stand-up exercises, and demonstrated solutions to previous EVA problems. 59 orbits completed

Charles Conrad

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Peter Conrad Jr.
Also Known As:
Charles "Pete" Conrad
Pete Conrad
Nickname(s):
Pete
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Third man on the moon in the Apollo 12 mission. Died in a motorcycle accident. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1980. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1978.

Space Missions:

Apollo 12 (1969)
Second landing, in Ocean of Storms near Surveyor 3.
Gemini 11 (1966)
Gemini record altitude with apogee of 739.2 nautical miles reached using the Agena Target Vehicle propulsion system after first orbit rendezvous and docking. Gordon made a 33-minute EVA and two-hour standup EVA. 44 orbits.
Gemini 5 (1965)
First week-long flight. First use of fuel cells for electrical power. Evaluated guidance and navigation system for future rendezvous missions. Completed 120 orbits.
Skylab 2

Charles Lindbergh

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Augustus Lindbergh
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19

Brief Facts:

Most famous for his solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927. Controversial because he had anti-Jewish beliefs. Helped the fight in the Pacific in World War II, as a civilian. French Legion of Honor. Congressional Gold Medal 1928. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1967. Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey 1973. Missouri Walk of Fame 2013. Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame 1991. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1965. Time Person of the Year 1927.
St. Louis Walk of Fame:
A star at 6519 Delmar Boulevard.

Chris Kraft

Real/Birth Name:
Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr.
Also Known As:
Christopher C. Kraft Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
95
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NASA engineer and manager. Flight director. International Space Hall of Fame 1988. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2016. Theodore Roosevelt Award 1971.

Chuck Yeager

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Elwood Yeager
Nickname(s):
Chuck
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
97
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Word War II fighter pilot. Test pilot. First person to break the sound barrier in the X-1 rocket plane. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1985. Aerospace Walk of Honor 1990. California Hall of Fame 2009. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1973. International Space Hall of Fame. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1966.

Cliff Robertson

Real/Birth Name:
Clifford Parker Robertson III
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88, 1 day after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Dina Merrill by 2 years.

Brief Facts:

Movies Malone, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, PT 109, Picnic, Gidget, Three Days of the Condor, Days of Wine and Roses, The Hustler, Midway, The Naked and the Dead, Charly for which he won an Oscar. TV series Falcon Crest. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2006. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2009.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry; ceremony: 17 December 1986.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Deke Slayton

Real/Birth Name:
Donald Kent Slayton
Also Known As:
Donald Slayton
Nickname(s):
Deke
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot and astronaut. Apollo-Soyuz docking. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1990. Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1996.

Space Missions:

Eddie Rickenbacker

Real/Birth Name:
Edward Bickenbacher
Also Known As:
Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
Nickname(s):
Fast Eddie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

No middle name at birth. Changed name during World War I. Hero in World War I with 26 aerial victories. Executive and owner of airlines including Easterm Airlines. Owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Scripts written for cartoon Ace Drummond. International Motorsports Hall of Fame 1992. National Sprint Car Hall of Fame 1992. Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 1994. Medal of Honor 1930. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1965. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1966. Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame 2002.

Edward White

Real/Birth Name:
Edward Higgins White II
Nickname(s):
Ed
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
36
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and test pilot. Gemini 4 with EVA. The first US astronaut to walk in space. Died in a fire at a pre-flight test run in the Apollo 1 (Apollo 204) capsule. See Gus Grissom, Roger Chaffee. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1997. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2009.

Space Missions:

Apollo 1 (1967) - Died in a fire during ground test
(AS-204). Planned as a low-orbit mission February 21, 1967, but a cabin fire in a rehearsal test on January 27 killed the three astronauts.
Gemini 4 (1965)
Included first extravehicular activity (EVA) by an American. White's "space walk" was a 22-minute EVA exercise.

Eileen Collins

Real/Birth Name:
Eileen Marie Collins
Also Known As:
Lt. Col. Eileen Collins
Nickname(s):
Mom
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut, military test pilot, retired from the US Air Force, retired from NASA May 1, 2006. First female shuttle pilot, first female shuttle commander. Chandra X-Ray Observatory. More than 872 hours in space. Multiple medals awarded. National Women's Hall of Fame 1995. Aerospace Walk of Honor 2008. French Legion of Honor. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2013. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2009. Women in Aviation, International Pioneers Hall of Fame 1995. Irish American Hall of Fame 2013. Irish America Hall of Fame 2016.

Space Missions:

STS-114
Shuttle Discovery, launched July 26, 2005

Duration: 13d 21h.
STS-63
Shuttle Discovery, launched February 03, 1995

Duration: 8d 6h.
STS-84
Shuttle Atlantis, launched May 15, 1997

Duration: 9d 5h.
STS-93
Shuttle Columbia, launched July 23, 1999

Duration: 4d 22h.

Evelyn Johnson

Real/Birth Name:
Evelyn Stone
Also Known As:
Evelyn Bryan Johnson
Evelyn Bryan
Evelyn Stone Bryan
Nickname(s):
Mama Bird
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
102
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Logged more flight hours than any other woman - over 57,000. Taught thousands of pilots to fly. Owned a plane dealership. Managed a local air strip. Carnegie Foundation award for heroism. Women in Aviation, International Pioneers Hall of Fame 1994. Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame. Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2007. National Flight Instructors Hall of Fame 1999.

Frank Borman

Real/Birth Name:
Frank Frederick Borman II
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
92
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot and astronaut. Flew around the moon on Apollo 8. Received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1978. International Space Hall of Fame. Aerospace Walk of Honor 2000. Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame 1990. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. DeMolay International Alumni Association Hall of Fame 1986. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1982. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1990.

Space Missions:

Apollo 8 (1968)
First manned flight to Moon; CSM made 10 lunar orbits in 20 hours.
Gemini 7 (1965)
When the original Gemini 6 mission was scrubbed because its Agena target for rendezvous and docking failed, Gemini 7 was used for the rendezvous instead. Primary objective was to determine whether humans could live in space for 14 days.

Gene Cernan

Real/Birth Name:
Eugene Andrew Cernan
Also Known As:
Eugene Cernan
Nickname(s):
Gene
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Orbited the moon and descended in the LM without landing. The last man to stand on the moon. Texas Aviation Hall of Fame 2000. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. International Space Hall of Fame. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2000. United States Naval Aviation Hall of Honor 2006.

Space Missions:

Apollo 10 (1969)
Dress rehearsal for first lunar landing; flew LM down to 50,000 feet (15 km) from lunar surface.
Apollo 17 (1972)
Only Saturn V night launch. Landed in Taurus-Littrow. First geologist on the Moon. Final manned Moon landing.
Gemini 9A (1966)
Rescheduled from May to rendezvous and dock with an Augmented Target Docking Adapter (ATDA) after the original Agena Target Vehicle failed to orbit. The ATDA shroud did not completely separate, making docking impossible. Three different types of rendezvous, two hours of EVA, and 44 orbits were completed.

Glenn Curtiss

Real/Birth Name:
Glenn Hammond Curtiss
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
52
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Motorcycle racer, early world record speed. Pioneer aviator. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1964. International Aerospace Hall of Fame 1965. Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 1990. Motorcycle Hall of Fame 1998. National Inventors Hall of Fame 2003. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1965.

Gus Grissom

Real/Birth Name:
Virgil Ivan Grissom
Also Known As:
Virgil I. Grissom
Virgil Grissom
Nickname(s):
Gus
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
40
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Mercury-Redstone 4 suborbital flight. Orbited in first Gemini mission, Gemini 3. Died in a fire at a pre-flight test run in the Apollo 1 (Apollo 204) capsule. See Roger Chaffee, Edward White. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1990. International Space Hall of Fame. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1978. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1987.

Space Missions:

Apollo 1 (1967) - Died in a fire during ground test
(AS-204). Planned as a low-orbit mission February 21, 1967, but a cabin fire in a rehearsal test on January 27 killed the three astronauts.
Gemini 3 (1965)
First manned Gemini flight, three orbits.
Mercury-Redstone 4 (1961)
Call sign: Liberty Bell 7. Suborbital test. Spacecraft sank during recovery when hatch unexpectedly blew off. Recovered by carrier USS Randolph.

Hap Arnold

Real/Birth Name:
Henry Harley Arnold
Also Known As:
Henry H. Arnold
Nickname(s):
Hap
Pewt
Benny
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

General of the Army and later General of the Air Force. The only 5-star general in two services. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1967.

Henry Ford

Real/Birth Name:
Henry Ford
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Ford Motor Company founder. Developed the Model T. Also the Ford trimotor airplane. Automotive Hall of Fame 1967. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame. International Motorsports Hall of Fame 1993. Irish American Hall of Fame 2011. Michigan Sports Hall of Fame 1978. Michigan Walk of Fame 2006. Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 1996. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1984. Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.

Howard Hughes

Real/Birth Name:
Howard Robard Hughes Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Jean Peters by 20 years.

Brief Facts:

Multi-millionaire businessman. Movies, airplanes, airlines, oil exploration, medical research. Excentric and reclusive. Subject of movie The Aviator. Texas Aviation Hall of Fame 1998. Congressional Gold Medal 1939. U.S. Business Hall of Fame 1996. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1973. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1987.

Jacqueline Cochran

Real/Birth Name:
Bessie Lee Pittman
Also Known As:
Jaqueline Cochran-Odlum
Nickname(s):
Jackie
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pioneer racing pilot. Helped in the formation of wartine women's army and air corps. The first woman to fly a bomber across the Atlantic. Received the Distinguished Service Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. The first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound. The first woman to fly a jet across the ocean. The first woman to land and take off from an aircraft carrier. Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 1993. French Legion of Honor 1949. International Aerospace Hall of Fame 1965. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1971. Aerospace Walk of Honor 2006. National Women's Hall of Fame 1993. Women in Aviation, International Pioneers Hall of Fame 2009.

James McDivitt

Real/Birth Name:
James Alton McDivitt
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
91, 24 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and test pilot. Apollo 9, which orbited the Earth for 10 days and tested the LM without landing. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. Aerospace Walk of Honor 2009. International Space Hall of Fame 1982. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2014.

Space Missions:

Apollo 9 (1969)
First manned flight of CSM and LM in Earth orbit; demonstrated Portable Life Support System to be used on the lunar surface.
Gemini 4 (1965)
Included first extravehicular activity (EVA) by an American. White's "space walk" was a 22-minute EVA exercise.

James Stewart

Real/Birth Name:
James Maitland Stewart
Also Known As:
Jimmy Stewart
Nickname(s):
Jimmy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Rear Window, Harvey, Vertigo, Shenandoah, The Shootist, The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), Cheyenne Autumn, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Anatomy of a Murder, Bell, Book and Candle, The Far Country, Broken Arrow (1950), Destry Rides Again, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Movie It's a Wonderful Life in role as George Bailey. Served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Hall of Great Western Performers 1972. Kennedy Center Honors 1983. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1985. Santa Clarita Walk of Western Stars 2010. Cecil B DeMille Award 1965. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2009.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 1708 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Jim Lovell

Real/Birth Name:
James Arthur Lovell Jr.
Nickname(s):
Jim
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
92
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Ill-fated Apollo 13 flight around the moon. Subject of movie Apollo 13. Received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1995. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1970. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. French Legion of Honor. Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame. International Space Hall of Fame. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1998. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1990. United States Naval Aviation Hall of Honor 2004.

Space Missions:

Apollo 13 (1970)
Third landing attempt aborted near the Moon, due to SM failure. Crew used LM as "life boat" to return to Earth.
Apollo 8 (1968)
First manned flight to Moon; CSM made 10 lunar orbits in 20 hours.
Gemini 12 (1966)
Final Gemini flight. Rendezvoused and docked manually with its target Agena and kept station with it during EVA. Aldrin set an EVA record of 5 hours and 30 minutes for one space walk and two stand-up exercises, and demonstrated solutions to previous EVA problems. 59 orbits completed
Gemini 7 (1965)
When the original Gemini 6 mission was scrubbed because its Agena target for rendezvous and docking failed, Gemini 7 was used for the rendezvous instead. Primary objective was to determine whether humans could live in space for 14 days.

Jimmy Doolittle

Real/Birth Name:
James Harold Doolittle
Nickname(s):
Jimmy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
96
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

In 1929 he was the first pilot to take off, fly and land an airplane using instruments alone. Commanded "Doolittle's Raiders" near the end of World War II. Awarded theMedal of Honor. Aerospace Walk of Honor 1990. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1989. Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 1989. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1967. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1966.

Joe Engle

Real/Birth Name:
Joe Henry Engle
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot and astronaut. X-15 flights 138, 143, and 153. ALT (Approach and Landing Tests.) U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2001. Aerospace Walk of Honor 1992. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2001. Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame 1992. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2014. International Space Hall of Fame 2014.

Space Missions:

STS-2
Shuttle Columbia, launched November 12, 1981

Duration: 2d 6h.
STS-51-I
Shuttle Discovery, launched August 27, 1985

Duration: 7d 2h.
X-15
Multiple flights by a rocket-powered aircraft. Some qualified by the US Air Force for an Astronaut Medal, exceeding 50 miles altitude.

John Glenn

Real/Birth Name:
John Herschel Glenn Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
95
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Annie Glenn, until he died.
Younger than Annie Glenn by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Fighter pilot in WW2 and the Korean War. Test pilot. First American to orbit the Earth, aboard Friendship 7. Democratic Senator from Ohio, December 24, 1974 - January 3, 1999. Flew on shuttle Discovery in 1998, at age 77, the oldest person in space. Candidate for president 1984. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1990. International Space Hall of Fame 1977. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1978. Congressional Gold Medal 2009. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2012. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1976. Theodore Roosevelt Award 2008. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1968. United States Naval Aviation Hall of Honor 2004.

Space Missions:

Mercury-Atlas 6 (1962)
Call sign: Friendship 7. 3 orbits. First American in orbit. Retropack retained during re-entry. Recovered by destroyer USS Noa.
STS-95
Shuttle Discovery, launched October 29, 1998

Duration: 8d 21h.

John Joseph Montgomery

Real/Birth Name:
John Joseph Montgomery
Also Known As:
John J. Montgomery
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Physicist. Professor. Early experiments and inventions in fixed-wing glider flying. Tried wing warping and flaps for control. Died when he crashed in a flight from a hot air balloon. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2017. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1964.

John Young

Real/Birth Name:
John Watts Young
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Apollo 10 (orbited the moon). SpaceLab 1 as Commander. Apollo 16 to the moon surface. Drove the Lunar Rover. Chief of the Astronaut Office from 1974-1987. Texas Aviation Hall of Fame 2003. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1981. International Space Hall of Fame. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1988. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1995.

Space Missions:

Apollo 10 (1969)
Dress rehearsal for first lunar landing; flew LM down to 50,000 feet (15 km) from lunar surface.
Apollo 16 (1972)
Landed in Plain of Descartes.
Gemini 10 (1966)
First use of the Agena Target Vehicle's propulsion systems. The spacecraft also rendezvoused with the Agena Target Vehicle from Gemini 8. Collins had 49 minutes of EVA standing in the hatch and 39 minutes of EVA to retrieve experiments from the Agena. 43 orbits completed.
Gemini 3 (1965)
First manned Gemini flight, three orbits.
SpaceLab 1 (1983)
Shuttle mission STS-9 on Columbia.
STS-1
Shuttle Columbia, launched April 12, 1981

Duration: 2d 6h.
STS-9
Shuttle Columbia, launched November 28, 1983

Duration: 10d 7h.

Michael Collins

Real/Birth Name:
Michael Collins
Nickname(s):
Mike
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

American test pilot at Edwards AFB and astronaut. Gemini 10 with John Young. Apollo 11 - orbited the moon in the CSM. Aerospace Walk of Honor 2008. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1969. Congressional Gold Medal 2009. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1985. Irish American Hall of Fame 2014. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1971.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at Corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street for contributions to the television industry; ceremony: 14 January 1993.

Space Missions:

Apollo 11 (1969)
First manned landing, in Sea of Tranquility.
Gemini 10 (1966)
First use of the Agena Target Vehicle's propulsion systems. The spacecraft also rendezvoused with the Agena Target Vehicle from Gemini 8. Collins had 49 minutes of EVA standing in the hatch and 39 minutes of EVA to retrieve experiments from the Agena. 43 orbits completed.

Neil Armstrong

Real/Birth Name:
Neil Alden Armstrong
Also Known As:
Neil A. Armstrong
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82, 20 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot. Astronaut. Aerospace engineer. Flew the X-15. First person on the Moon. International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1969. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1978. Congressional Gold Medal 2009. Aerospace Walk of Honor 1991. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1979. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1971. United States Naval Aviation Hall of Honor 2010.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at Corner of Hollywood Boulevard & Vine Street for contributions to the television industry; ceremony: 14 January 1993.

Space Missions:

Apollo 11 (1969)
First manned landing, in Sea of Tranquility.
Gemini 8 (1966)
Accomplished first docking with another space vehicle, an unmanned Agena Target Vehicle. While docked, a Gemini spacecraft thruster malfunction caused near-fatal tumbling of the craft, which, after undocking, Armstrong was able to overcome; the crew effected the first emergency landing of a manned U.S. space mission.
X-15
Multiple flights by a rocket-powered aircraft. Some qualified by the US Air Force for an Astronaut Medal, exceeding 50 miles altitude.

Orville Wright

Real/Birth Name:
Orville Wright
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Wilbur Wright by 4 years.

Brief Facts:

Co-inventor of the fixed-wing airplane. Albert Medal 1917. Congressional Gold Medal 1909. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1962. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1965.

Patty Wagstaff

Real/Birth Name:
Patricia Rosalie Kearns Combs
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Aerobatic pilot. Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame 1997. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2004. Women in Aviation, International Pioneers Hall of Fame 1997. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2007. International Council of Air Shows Foundation Hall of Fame 2006.

Paul Tibbets

Real/Birth Name:
Paul Warfield Tibbets Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
92
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Brigadier general in the United States Air Force, best known for being the pilot of the Enola Gay, the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb, on Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1996.

Robert Gibson

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Lee Gibson
Also Known As:
Robert L. Gibson
Nickname(s):
Hoot
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Older than Rhea Seddon by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Astronaut and commercial pilot. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2003. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2013. Space Camp Hall of Fame 2012.

Space Missions:

STS-27
Shuttle Atlantis, launched December 02, 1988

Duration: 4d 9h.
STS-41-B
Shuttle Challenger, launched February 03, 1984

Duration: 7d 23h.
STS-47
Shuttle Endeavour, launched September 12, 1992

Duration: 7d 22h.
STS-61-C
Shuttle Columbia, launched January 12, 1986

Duration: 6d 2h.
STS-71
Shuttle Atlantis, launched June 27, 1995

Duration: 9d 19h.

Robert Goddard

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Hutchings Goddard
Also Known As:
Robert H. Goddard
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Invented the liquid-fueled rocket. Congressional Gold Medal 1959. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1966. International Space Hall of Fame. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1966.

Robert Rushworth

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Aitken Rushworth
Also Known As:
Robert A. Rushworth
Nickname(s):
Bob
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Fighter pilot, test pilot. Flew the X-15. On June 27, 1963, he flew the X-15 to an altitude above 50 miles, thereby qualifying as an astronaut according to the United States definition, not the international definition. Aerospace Walk of Honor 1994. International Space Hall of Fame 1991. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1990.

Space Missions:

X-15
Multiple flights by a rocket-powered aircraft. Some qualified by the US Air Force for an Astronaut Medal, exceeding 50 miles altitude.

Robert White

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Michael White
Nickname(s):
Bob
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

X-15 test pilot. Aerospace Walk of Honor 1992. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2006.

Space Missions:

X-15
Multiple flights by a rocket-powered aircraft. Some qualified by the US Air Force for an Astronaut Medal, exceeding 50 miles altitude.

Robin Olds

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Oldys Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84, 30 days before his 85th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Younger than Ella Raines by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Tackle, offense anddefense. Team US Military Academy. Fought both World War II and Vietnam as a fighter pilot. Triple Ace. Final rank Brigadier General. College Football Hall of Fame 1985. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2001.

Sally Ride

Real/Birth Name:
Sally Kristen Ride
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Older than Steven Hawley by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

The first American female astronaut in space. Professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego. California Hall of Fame 2006. National Women's Hall of Fame 1988. Children's books on space. International Space Hall of Fame 1985. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 2003. Texas Women's Hall of Fame 1986. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2013. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2007. Women in Aviation, International Pioneers Hall of Fame 2014. San Diego Women's Hall of Fame. Theodore Roosevelt Award 2005. Legacy Walk 2014. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2009.

Space Missions:

STS-41-G
Shuttle Challenger, launched October 05, 1984

Duration: 8d 5h.
STS-7
Shuttle Challenger, launched June 18, 1983

Duration: 6d 2h.

Scott Crossfield

Real/Birth Name:
Albert Scott Crossfield
Also Known As:
A. Scott Crossfield
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot. First to fly twice the speed of sound. Flew the X-15. Died when the Cessna 210A he was flying encountered a thunderstorm and broke up in air. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1965. International Space Hall of Fame 1988. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1983. Virginia Space Hall of Fame 1998. Aerospace Walk of Honor 1990.

Space Missions:

X-15
Multiple flights by a rocket-powered aircraft. Some qualified by the US Air Force for an Astronaut Medal, exceeding 50 miles altitude.

Steve Fossett

Real/Birth Name:
James Stephen Fossett
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Millionaire adventurer. Swam the English Channel. First nonstop balloon flight around the world. First nonstop solo airplane flight around the world without refueling, March 3, 2005. Died in a plane crash, not found for over a year. National Aviation Hall of Fame 2007. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 2010.

Tom Stafford

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Patten Stafford
Also Known As:
Thomas Stafford
Nickname(s):
Tom
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Apollo 10 (orbited the moon). International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1993. Aerospace Walk of Honor 1997. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1997.

Space Missions:

Apollo 10 (1969)
Dress rehearsal for first lunar landing; flew LM down to 50,000 feet (15 km) from lunar surface.
Apollo-Soyuz
Gemini 6 (1965)
First space rendezvous accomplished with Gemini 7, station-keeping for over five hours at distances from 1 to 300 ft.
Gemini 9A (1966)
Rescheduled from May to rendezvous and dock with an Augmented Target Docking Adapter (ATDA) after the original Agena Target Vehicle failed to orbit. The ATDA shroud did not completely separate, making docking impossible. Three different types of rendezvous, two hours of EVA, and 44 orbits were completed.

Wally Schirra

Real/Birth Name:
Walter Marty Schirra Jr.
Nickname(s):
Wally
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot and astronaut. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2010. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1990. New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame 1982. International Space Hall of Fame. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1986. Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey 1982. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1970. United States Naval Aviation Hall of Honor 2000.

Space Missions:

Apollo 7 (1968)
First manned Earth orbital demonstration of Block II CSM, launched on Saturn IB. First live television publicly broadcast from a manned mission.
Gemini 6 (1965)
First space rendezvous accomplished with Gemini 7, station-keeping for over five hours at distances from 1 to 300 ft.
Mercury-Atlas 8 (1962)
Call sign: Sigma 7. 6 orbits. The flight closest to plan. Carried out maneuvering tests. Recovered by carrier USS Kearsarge.

Wernher von Braun

Real/Birth Name:
Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Freiherr title is equivalent to "baron". Inventor of the V2 rocket for Germany in World War II. US citizen in 1955. Worked on ICBMs and the NASA space program. Alabama Men's Hall of Fame 1998. International Space Hall of Fame. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1982. Space Camp Hall of Fame 2007. State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame 1989. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1965.

Wilbur Wright

Real/Birth Name:
Wilbur Wright
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
45
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Orville Wright by 4 years.

Brief Facts:

Co-inventor of the fixed-wing airplane, and first pilot. Died of typhoid fever. Congressional Gold Medal 1909. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1962. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1965.

Wiley Post

Real/Birth Name:
Wiley Hardeman Post
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
36
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

First to fly solo around the world. Died in a plane crash in Alaska. He was pilot. Passenger was Will Rogers. Texas Aviation Hall of Fame 1999. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1969. Oklahoma Hall of Fame 2004. International Air & Space Hall of Fame 1997.

Will Rogers

Real/Birth Name:
William Penn Adair Rogers
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
55
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Silent films, then talkies. Movie Life Begins at Forty. Texas Jack's wild west show. Philosopher. Known for funny one-liners. Mayor of Beverly Hills. Died in a plane crash in Alaska with Wiley Post. Theater Hall of Fame. Texas Trail of Fame 1997. Oklahoma Hall of Fame 1932. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1977.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6401 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry.
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A star at 6608 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio.
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William J. Knight

Real/Birth Name:
William John Knight
Also Known As:
Pete Knight
William Knight
Nickname(s):
Pete
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot. Holds the speed record for a winged powered aircraft, 4,520 miles per hour. Flew the X-15 to a height of 173,000 feet. Combat pilot in Vietnam. Mayor of Palmdale, California. State senator. Author of California Proposition 22. International Space Hall of Fame 1998. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1988.

Space Missions:

X-15
Multiple flights by a rocket-powered aircraft. Some qualified by the US Air Force for an Astronaut Medal, exceeding 50 miles altitude.
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