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PersonID590120
Name (Last, First Middle)Bobko. Karol J.
Branch at time of eventUSAF
RankColonel
Graduation1959
SquadronCS 08
Home TownSeaford
Home StateNY
High SchoolBrooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, NY.
High School ActivitiesServices Squad, Student Council, Grade Council, Arista (Honor Society), Band
Post High SchoolNone
Academy ExperiencesGymnastics, Photo Club Supt's List(2), Dean's List(2) 1959 Billy Mitchel Award-Outstanding Cadet in Military Studies, 1959 Hitchcock Award-Outstanding Cadet in Economics
Academic Degree MajorBS USAF Academy - 1959
Active Duty AssignmentsPltTng Bartow AB/VanceAFB, PltF-100 523TACF CannonAFB; Plt 336TFSq SeymourJohnsonAFB;Aerosp RschPltSch EdwardsAFB;Crewmember MOLHq SAMSO LosAngelesAFStn; MS AstronauticalEngineering USC; AstronautJohnsonSpaceCen NASA HoustonTx;
Civilian PositionsDir SpaceOpnsActivitesJohnsonSpaceCen BoozAllen&HamiltonInc; Principal BoozAllen&HamiltonInc HoustonTX; Vice President Technical Operations/ Product Development/Strategic Programs SpaceHab Inc Houston TX; Program Manager SAIC NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field CA;
Award Year1983
Award Summary InformationColonel Karol J. Bobko, distinguished himself by extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an astronaut-pilot, NASA, from 4 to 9 April 1983, as the pilot on the maiden flight on Space Shuttle Challenger, as the first graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in space. He further , participated as a crewmember on the Skylab Medical Experiments Attitude Test, member of the support crew for the Apollo-Soyuz Test. Project, member of the support crew for the Space Shuttle approach and landing tests at Edwards Air Force Base, California, and alternate capsule communicator and prime chase pilot. In preparation for the initial Space Shuttle flight, Colonel Bobko served as the lead astronaut in the test and checkout astronaut group at the Kennedy Space Center
Involved Crew MembersSeveral Astronauts, Pailes,Stewart,Hilmers,Grabe,Weitz,Musgraves,Petersonetc.
Burial Site/DateN/A
Aeronautical Speciality RatingCommand Pilot/Astronaut
Notable Military and Civilian Decorations & Awards1DSSM-1LM-1DFC-1DMSM-3MSM
CommentsRetired Colonel, 1988
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