R. (DICK) SCOBEE
PERSONAL DATA: Born May 19, 1939, in Cle Elum, Washington. Died January 28, 1986. He is survived by his wife, June, and two children. He enjoyed flying, oil painting, woodworking, motorcycling, racquetball, jogging, and most outdoor sports.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Auburn Senior High School, Auburn, Washington, in 1957; received a bachelor of science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1965.
ORGANIZATIONS: Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, the Tau Beta Pi, the Experimental Aircraft Association, and the Air Force Association.
SPECIAL HONORS: Awarded the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and two NASA Exceptional Service Medals.
EXPERIENCE: Scobee enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1957, trained as a reciprocating engine mechanic, and was subsequently stationed at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas. While there, he attended night school and acquired 2 years of college credit which led to his selection for the Airmanís Education and Commissioning Program. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor of science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He received his commission in 1965 and, after receiving his wings in 1966, completed a number of assignments including a combat tour in Vietnam. He returned to the United States and attended the USAF Aerospace Research Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Since graduating in 1972, he has participated in test programs for which he has flown such varied aircraft as the Boeing 747, the X-24B, the transonic aircraft technology (TACT) F-111, and the C-5. He logged more than 6,500 hours flying time in 45 types of aircraft.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Scobee was selected
as an astronaut candidate by NASA in January 1978. In August 1979, he completed
a 1-year training and evaluation period, making him eligible for assignment
as a pilot on future Space Shuttle flightcrews. In addition to astronaut
duties, Mr. Scobee was an Instructor Pilot on the NASA/Boeing 747 shuttle
Mr. Scobee was spacecraft commander
on STS 51-L which was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, at 11:38:00
EST on January 28, 1986. The crew on board the Orbiter Challenger included
the pilot, Commander M.J. Smith (USN) (pilot), three mission specialists,
Dr. R.E. McNair, Lieutenant Colonel E.S. Onizuka (USAF), and Dr. J.A. Resnik,
as well as two civilian payload specialists, Mr. G.B. Jarvis and Mrs. S.
C. McAuliffe. The STS 51-L crew died on January 28, 1986 when Challenger
exploded after launch.
(reprinted from NASA Astronaut Biographies)