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Bluford, Guion Stewart Jr

Born: 1942 AD
Currently alive, at 74 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Astronauts

1942 – Guion "Guy" Bluford, Junior was born on the 22nd of November in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1964 – Received a BS in aerospace engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.

1967 – Assigned to the 3,630th Flying Training Wing, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, as a T-38A instructor pilot.

       – He served as a standardization/evaluation officer and as an assistant flight commander.

1971 – Attended Squadron Officers School and returned as an executive support officer to the Deputy Commander of Operations and as School Secretary for the Wing.

1972 – He entered the Air Force Institute of Technology residency school at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

1974 – Finished MS in aerospace engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

       – After graduation, he was assigned to the Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, as a staff development engineer.

1978 – Graduated PhD in aerospace engineering with a minor in laser physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

1979 – Bluford became a NASA astronaut in August.

1983 – Member of the crew of the space shuttle Challenger on mission STS-8, and became the first African American in space.

       – His first mission was STS-8, which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on 30th of August.

1985 – Served on the crew of STS-61-A, the German D-1 Spacelab mission, which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on 30th of October.

1986 – Guy Bluford, who is an Eagle Scout, was designated as the emissary to return the Challenger flag to Boy Scout Troop 514 of Monument, Colorado in December.

1987 – Awarded the Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

1991 – Bluford served on the crew of STS-39, which launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on 28th of April.

1992 – He served on the crew of STS-53, which launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

       – Bluford left NASA in July to take the post of Vice President/General Manager, Engineering Services Division of NYMA, Greenbelt, Maryland.

1993 – Bluford left NASA in July to take the post of Vice President/General Manager, Engineering Services Division of NYMA, Greenbelt, Maryland.

1996 – Attended pilot training at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona, and received his pilot wings in January.

       – He went to F-4C combat crew training in Arizona and Florida and was assigned to the 557th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam.

1997 – He was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame.

2006 – Recognized as a distinguished alumni of Penn State by being selected as the Grand Marshal for his alma mater’s Homecoming celebration.