Biographies of U.S. Astronauts

Wood

James Wayne

USA

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Personal data

Birthdate:  09.08.1924
Birthplace:  Paragould / Arkansas
Marital status:  married
Children:  three
Selection date:  20.09.1962
Selection group:  X-20
Position:  PLT
Status:  Ret. 10.12.1963
Date of death:  01.01.1990
Place of death::  Melbourne / Florida

Spaceflights

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Additional information

Bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering from the USAF Institute of Technology, 1954; Colonel, USAF, Ret.; he flew 10 combat missions during World War II and more then 100 in the Korean War; unsuccessful application for NASA astronaut group 1; was selected as pilot for X-20 Dyna-Soar; later again pilot in the USAF; then Commander, Test Operations, Edwards AFB, California (until 1978); later Testpilot and Director of Operations, Tracor Flight Systems Inc. in Newport Beach, California.

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